Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 4(1), pp. 29 - 37
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2016.040104
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Feasibility of Environmentally Sustainable Buildings in State of Qatar

Ahmed Gomaa *
Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Alexandria, Egypt


The world has witnessed incalculable technological achievements, population growth and corresponding increases in resource use since the Industrial Revolution; the side effects of those activities were recognized as we entered the new century. As world population continues to expand, implementation of resource-efficient measures in all areas of human activity is imperative. The purpose of this research is to examine the history of Sustainable Building, main factors and categories. Various Green Building rating systems, their components, scoring system and main categories were discussed and a comparison between LEED "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" rating system and QSAS "Qatar Sustainable Assessment System" was conducted. The research also examined the feasibility of environmentally sustainable buildings throughout evaluating the cost savings related to main components (Construction, life time and environmental) costs. The prime rule for this research is to discuss Environmental impacts, mitigation measures and cost implications of using green building in Gulf Area using Qatar as a model throughout examining QSAS "Qatar Sustainable Assessment system" and highlighting weather sustainable building techniques provide a real contribution to the Society, Environment and Economy or not. It was found that, there are financial benefits of Green Building include lower energy, waste, and water costs, lower environmental and emissions costs, lower operation and maintenance costs and savings from increased productivity and health are highly effective in Gulf Area. In addition, some improvements were recommended for the rating system used in the study.

Green Building, QSAS, Sustainability Pillars, Feasibility

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[1] Ahmed Gomaa , "Feasibility of Environmentally Sustainable Buildings in State of Qatar," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 29 - 37, 2016. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2016.040104.

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Ahmed Gomaa (2016). Feasibility of Environmentally Sustainable Buildings in State of Qatar. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 4(1), 29 - 37. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2016.040104.