The discussion highlighted the importance of IAQ and what can be done to improve the indoor school environment for students
EGBC roundtable discusses IAQ in UAE schools.
The EmiratesGBC Coalition for Green Schools roundtable, hosted by the Emirates Green Building Council and held at Time Oak Hotel, took an in depth look at Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in UAE Schools.
The Coalition’s Roundtable discussion highlighted the importance of IAQ and what can be done to improve the indoor school environment for students. A part of the Global Coalition for Green Schools, the Emirates Coalition is engaging stakeholders and like-minded organisations that aim to equip communities with resources to achieve the UAE vision of ‘ensuring that every child in the UAE has the opportunity to learn in a green school within this generation.’
Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, is a founding member of the Global Coalition. It promotes discussions on creating a national vision of healthy, high performance schools that are conducive to learning while saving energy, resources and money.
Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “Indoor Air Quality is not often deliberated, and the purpose of the roundtable was to bring the issue to the forefront, especially in schools where youth spend most of their time. We also want to equip schools in the UAE, as well as other stakeholders, with the information and knowledge about the impact of poor Indoor Air Quality and what can be done to improve the school environment for students.”
The roundtable concluded with a consensus that there needs to be more awareness among key stakeholders and a genuine willingness to treat the root cause of the issue.
More awareness needed for IAQ among key stakeholders.