Toward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Two workshops in the UAE are held on March 16 and 18 2009 to discuss the implementation of EcoSmart Concrete in the Emirates and SOS tool developed by EcoSmart to facilitate its application. By invitation only.Partially replacing Portland cement with supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) in concrete can bring substantial benefits in terms of performance and constructability in addition to significant improvement of the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of concrete. However, there are also potential pitfalls, such as lower setting time and longer curing requirements.. Increasing the amount of SCMs in concrete is a very effective GHG reduction strategy, in line with the growing concerns about climate change and the UAE’s green building policies. But how much can be used – particularly when taking into account other important parameters of concrete construction such as: material availability, scheduling, costs, or strength and durability requirements? To address these complex issues, EcoSmart, together with a large consortium, is developing a computer-based expert advisory system that will help to determine for a given project the optimal level of SCMs as well as the best engineering and construction practices to use. This new “SCM Optimization System” – or “SOS” – will allow those involved in a concrete construction project – owners, designers, suppliers, and contractors – to understand the effects of varying the type and level of SCMs on the whole project and to decide on a best case optimum. The objective of these workshops is to ensure that the SOS responds to the needs of the construction industry and professionals and fits their needs. If you are a UAE professional involved in concrete construction and would like to be invited to one of these workshops, please contact Clare of EcoSmart at
See also: EcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesEcoSmart ConcreteEcoSmart Seminars in Abu Dhabi: April 21-22, 2008

EcoSmart Seminars in Abu Dhabi: April 21-22, 2008

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EcoSmart offered a series of seminars on Sustainable Building and Concrete at the Building Futures Gulf conference in Abu Dhabi on April 21 & 22.
The seminars took place in the Structure & Envelope Forum, located in the Structure Gulf exhibition Hall 7. Building materials are becoming an increasing concern for sustainability in the UAE’s unprecedented construction boom. Concrete is second only to water as the most consumed substance on earth and accounts for over 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But does this mean we must stop using concrete in construction? Attendees learned how concrete and other building materials and approaches can be turned around to work toward sustainability while increasing the performance and maintaining the cost of your construction project. Expert speakers from the UAE and Canada doscussed issues related to concrete, other construction materials and green building. Presentations covered a variety of perspectives with time provided for speakers to address questions from attendees. See the presentations from this event on the EcoSmart Concrete Knowledge Base. EcoSmart’s seminar speakers included:

  • James Aldred, GHD Global, Manager of the Independent Verification and Testing for the Burj Dubai Tower
  • Khaled Awad, Director, Property Development, Masdar
  • Denis Beaupré, Technical Manager for Unibeton Ready Mix, Abu Dhabi and formerly professor of Civil Engineering at Laval University, Quebec, Canada
  • Michel de Spot, President of EcoSmart Foundation Inc., and a LEED Accredited Professional, Vancouver, Canada
  • Ali Elian, Head of Engineering Materials Laboratory Section, Dubai Central Laboratory
  • Jeff Hood, VP Business Development, Icynene
  • Ken Klassen, MBA, CMHC International Training Team
  • Michael Richardson, General Manager, Ras Al Khaimah Cement

About EcoSmart The EcoSmart Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization working to advance ecologically and economically smart building technologies since 1999. In the UAE the organization’s emphasis is on the use of EcoSmart Concrete, a carefully engineered material containing very high volumes of such supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) as fly ash and ground blast furnace slag. EcoSmart Concrete improves sustainability and performance without sacrificing cost. Links: EcoSmart Concrete: EcoSmart Emirates: Building Futures Gulf by Batimat:
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See also: EcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesToward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu Dhabi

EcoSmart Concrete Seminar in the UAE

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The free seminar was hosted jointly by EcoSmart and the American University in Dubai and held in two cities in the United Arab Emirates – October 22, 2007 in Abu Dhabi and October 24, 2007 in Dubai.
The seminars drew approximately three hundred representatives from a cross section of the UAE construction industry. In attendance were construction managers, property developers, engineers, architects, policy makers, as well as those working in cement, concrete and ready-mix companies. Participants learned from experienced industry professionals about the benefits of EcoSmart Concrete in a time when climate change is having a global impact on building design and operation. Seminar speakers also discussed the more technical aspects of concrete durability and performance. Seminar topics included:

  • advantages and planning for green buildings;
  • materials and computer modeling for concrete durability;
  • tests on designs for and performance of EcoSmart Concrete;
  • implications of EcoSmart Concrete for structural design and construction;
  • background on reasons the Canadian Government supports EcoSmart Concrete, particularly it link to mitigating climate change.

Speakers included:

  • James Aldred of GHD Global, Manager of the Independent Verification and Testing for Burj Dubai Tower – Dubai, UAE
  • Denis Beaupré, Technical Manager for Unibeton Ready-Mix, Abu Dhabi and formerly professor of Civil Engineering at Laval University – Quebec, Canada
  • Michel de Spot, President of EcoSmart, and a LEED Accredited Professional – Vancouver, Canada
  • David Fox, senior structural engineer, Halcrow-Yolles – Toronto, Canada
  • Kerri Henry, GHG Technology Officer, Natural Resources Canada – Ottawa, Canada
  • Nils Larsson, Executive Director, International Initiative for the Sustainable Built Environment – Ottawa, Canada
  • Jacques Marchand, President of SEM Inc. and Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Laval – Quebec, Canada
  • Phil Seabrook, Executive Vice President, Levelton Consultants Ltd. – Vancouver, Canada

Presentations from the seminar can be found in the EcoSmart Concrete knowledge base. For more information see the EcoSmart Concrete Emirates webpages.
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See also: EcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesEcoSmart Concrete

EcoSmart Concrete in the Emirates

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The proven success of EcoSmart™ Concrete as a benefit to both the construction industry and the environment is now being demonstrated in the dynamic construction market of the United Arab Emirates.
EcoSmart Concrete optimizes the replacement of Portland cement with Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs), such as fly ash. This cutting-edge Canadian technology, proven in some of the world’s most difficult environments, can help tackle major construction issues facing companies in the Emirates. It is demonstrably more durable, with an ability to resist salt corrosion in extreme marine environments. It has the potential to be less expensive than traditional concrete and is easier to pump and work, especially in high temperatures. In addition, the use of fly ash reduces water demand and heat of hydration, two important factors in the UAE. Originally developed by CANMET, a world-renowned Canadian government laboratory, it significantly improves concrete performance, particularly in harsh conditions. And because it reduces cement usage, a major producer of greenhouse gases, EcoSmart Concrete offers distinct environmental advantages. For almost a decade, EcoSmart has worked with designers, engineers, developers and construction managers to test the use of EcoSmart Concrete in real world construction projects. More than twenty successful Canadian case studies by EcoSmart have led to hundreds of projects successfully incorporating the technology in all types of structures, from towers and transit stations, to bridges and universities. Made with the same or greater standards than with traditional methods and at no extra cost, these projects demonstrate that it is possible to combine performance, profitability and environmental responsibility in concrete construction. Since 2006, with the support of Natural Resources Canada through the Technology Early Action Measures Program (TEAM) and CANMET, EcoSmart has been actively working at introducing EcoSmart Concrete and design, engineering methods, applications and techniques to the United Arab Emirates. EcoSmart is supporting demonstration projects in the Emirates and is able to provide technical support, including additional testing, training, design and implementation. Companies interested in participating in the EcoSmart Concrete projects in the UAE should contact EcoSmart at: EcoSmart is a non-profit organization that helps the building industry innovate and adopt new technologies that are ecologically and economically smart. For more information on EcoSmart Concrete and its case studies see: Also see the new EcoSmart Emirates pages at WebLink:
See also: EcoSmart Seminars in Abu Dhabi: April 21-22, 2008Toward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu DhabiSCM BasicsEcoSmart ConcreteEcoSmart Concrete Seminar in the UAE