6-7 December 2016
Intercontinental Doha, Doha, Qatar

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 6 December 2016

8:00 am - 8:45 am Start of conference registration with welcome refreshments

8:45 am - 8:50 am Opening remarks from IQPC and introduction to Chair

Shakir Ismail - Sustainability Specialist (Katara Project) KEO International Company, Qatar

Shakir Ismail

Sustainability Specialist (Katara Project)
KEO International Company, Qatar

8:50 am - 9:00 am Opening remarks from the conference Chair and start of conference

9:00 am - 9:45 am Regional keynote: Connecting to the ecosystem – Qatar’s low-density smart and sustainable neighborhoods

Sheik Soud Al Thani - Head of Sustainability ASTAD
Much research to date has postulated that a city needs to be ‘compact’ to be sustainable, and the supporting evidence has largely focused on energy efficiency especially obtained from public transportation efficiencies. However, recently, a counter proposal has emerged stressing the importance of liveability and that low-density cities may be preferable in this respect. Doha is a low-density city and in this study we examine how smart and sustainable neighborhoods can create a low-density city by configuring liveable communities that are both desirable and energy efficient.
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Sheik Soud Al Thani

Head of Sustainability
ASTAD

9:45 am - 10:15 am International keynote: Connecting to an intelligent future: The most intelligent building in the world: The Edge

Ron Bakker - Founding Partner PLP Architecture
The Edge is a building many of us dream to be a part of which has features that before its existence were simply architectural fantasies. This presentation will explore the building’s design and highlight its sustainability aspects as well as discuss the “smart” aspects of the project. Ron will then evaluate how the building is functioning since its opening in springtime last year – what people make of it and what we can learn from it for future projects.
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Ron Bakker

Founding Partner
PLP Architecture

10:15 am - 10:45 am Networking break

10:45 am - 11:15 am The evolution of the connected and efficient building

Feras Hani - Enterprise Solutions Architect CommScope, Middle East & Africa
  • Trends and challenges affecting the workplace/office
  • Technologies that are being deployed to connect the workplace
  • Focus on services/apps rather than the technologies -convergence of the building infrastructure
  • Emergence of the super and mega city

Feras Hani

Enterprise Solutions Architect
CommScope, Middle East & Africa

11:15 am - 11:45 am Connecting people and technology: Walking the talk: Using performance verification and occupant engagement to maintain sustainability objectives during the operational stage of a building

Shakir Ismail - Sustainability Specialist (Katara Project) KEO International Company, Qatar
  • Performance verification requirements in green building rating systems
  • Occupant engagement requirements in green building rating systems
  • Solutions and tools to establish and maintain occupant engagement
  • Benefits of performance verification and occupant engagement

Shakir Ismail

Sustainability Specialist (Katara Project)
KEO International Company, Qatar

11:45 am - 12:15 pm Networking break

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Smart Building, the space for a Sustainable, Healthier and Productive Occupant

Hamoda Youssef - Head of Communications Qatar Green Building Council
  • Smart building as an incubator for the sustainability triple bottom line (Social, Environmental & Economical) pillars
  • Building intelligence and links to improving occupants wellbeing
  • Technology as a tool for behavior change
  • The drivers for occupant's productivity and building efficiencies


Hamoda Youssef

Head of Communications
Qatar Green Building Council

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm Connecting to an intelligent future: The challenge of knowledge-based architecture and urbanism: Can we learn from smart buildings?

Ali Alraouf - Head of CB, Development, Research and Training Ministry of Urban Planning, Qatar
The presentation will focus on the following issues:
  • Post-carbon era and the emergence of knowledge and creative cities
  • Architecture and urbanity as creativity-provoking catalysts.
  • Buildings as educational tools
  • Architecture as a learning catalyst
  • Universities and public buildings: The provocative architectural language

Ali Alraouf

Head of CB, Development, Research and Training
Ministry of Urban Planning, Qatar

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Connecting to the bottom line: The use of BIM in the realisation of smart buildings

Imran Mohammad - Senior BIM Manager Arab Engineering Bureau
BIM lies at the foundation of smart buildings, it allows the “smart” to be implemented from design phase by using simulation analysis such as people occupancy, energy consumption, microclimate and carbon reduction to be able to calculate an accurate cost cycle. From this the appropriate technologies to improve the building’s efficiencies and reduce operating costs can be selected and applied in the construction and management of future smart buildings.

Imran Mohammad

Senior BIM Manager
Arab Engineering Bureau

1:45 pm - 1:50 pm Closing remarks from conference chair

1:50 pm - 2:50 pm Networking lunch

2:50 pm - 11:59 pm End of conference day one