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The dis­cus­sion high­lighted the im­por­tance of IAQ and what can be done to im­prove the in­door school en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents

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EGBC roundtable dis­cusses IAQ in UAE schools.

ROUNDTABLE

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.

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