GREEN ACADEMY - 24th September 2019

Workshop 1: “Net Zero Energy Buildings – a comprehensive approach for construction and operations”


During the workshop, a 90 min lecture will be given on the subjects of Net Zero Energy Developments. The lecture will be split in two sections. 

The first section will explore the design of buildings which are targeting a net zero energy consumption during operations. The conclusion of the first section is that net zero energy buildings can be developed in Kuwait under specific technical solutions.

The second section will explain the impact of the energy consumed during materials production and construction of the building. The conclusion of the second section indicates that for a real net energy building, the energy production by renewable technologies needs to be well beyond the requirements of energy consumption during the operations. The extent of the increased renewable energy is dependent on the embodied energy of materials and the energy consumption during construction.


  • Dr. Ioannis Spanos is a Chartered Engineer with 19 years’ experience and has work expertise with multiple international sustainability standards.
  • As a KEO Regional Manager, he provides consultancy services to governments, investment funds, developers, architects and contractors.
  • His management and consultancy experience include the development of sustainable buildings developments and urban solutions in UK, Ireland, West Africa and MENA. Following a Doctorate in physics, he has been exposed in the design of projects within commercial, education, mixed use, regeneration, residential, leisure, master-planning and sports sectors.
  • During the last 12 years, he was involved in the design of many near zero energy developments, mainly in UK. Currently, he is leading the KEO Sustainability team who is working at various stages of development of the first zero energy buildings in Gulf.
  • Spanos has been shortlisted for and has received various regional awards.

Workshop 2: “Push the envelope of existing buildings: LEED Zero”


For years, LEED projects around the world have aspired towards achieving the goal of net-zero energy, water and waste. It is a powerful goal which has the potential to move the entire industry forward.

In order to recognize leadership of such projects and to inspire others towards this journey, USGBC announced LEED Zero certification in 2018. LEED Zero complements LEED to verify the achievement of net zero goals and signals market leadership in green buildings.

This session will provide participants with a high-level overview into LEED Zero certifications. The participants would be able to understand the requirements of LEED Zero and how projects can achieve LEED Zero certification. The session will conclude with case study examples from the region and at a global level.


  • LEED Zero certification
  • Net Zero buildings
  • Tracking sustainability performance
  • LEED Zero Carbonrecognizes buildings or spaces operating with net zero carbon emissions from energy consumption and occupant transportation to carbon emissions avoided or offset over a period of 12 months.
  • LEED Zero resources
    • Energyrecognizes buildings or spaces that achieve a source energy use balance of zero over a period of 12 months.
    • Waterrecognizes buildings that achieve a potable water use balance of zero over a period of 12 months.


  • Apoorv Vij, Director – Technical Development, GBCI, India
  • As Director - Technical Development at GBCI, Apoorv supports project teams engaged in LEED, RELi and other GBCI programmes. He is a USGBC Faculty and an acting Subject Matter Expert on Materials and Resources Credit Category in LEED and is actively pushing the market towards products and technologies with reduced environmental footprint and low human health impacts.
  • He also actively supports project teams in their pursuit of LEED certification for their existing buildings through data driven approach to performance tracking.
  • Apoorv is an architect and has been working in the field of green buildings for over 12 years. His area of expertise includes development of new ratings/services, rating implementation and training. He is an alumnus of the Swedish Institute Management Programme on Responsible Business.

Workshop 3: “Introduction to LEED v4.1 O+M”


LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. LEED v4.1. is bigger, stronger, bolder:

  • Bigger; LEED v4.1. is for all-its more inclusive and allows projects to earn LEED points through building performance monitoring via Arc platform
  • Stronger: LEED v4.1. continues to drive performance. In fact, performance outcomes are fully integrated into LEED v4.1. so that you can measure performance on an ongoing basis.
  • Bolder: Lessons learnt over 20 years of market engagement using earlier versions of LEED that enables us to develop bespoke solutions for existing buildings, residential projects, cities and communities.
  • Learn about:
    • The basis of LEED v4.1. and what to expect in the individual credit category
    • Why LEED v4.1.?
    • How LEED v4.1. streamlines certification for existing buildings.
    • What to expect from this latest evolution of the rating systems?

About LEED

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building, community and home project types, LEED provides a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” With each new version, LEED raises the bar to increase the impact on our built environment. From improving energy performance to emphasizing human health and integrative building design, LEED is encouraging project teams to operate beyond the status quo. LEED v4.1 O+M is the rating system for existing buildings that are undergoing improvement work or little to no construction; includes Existing Buildings, Schools, Retail, Hospitality, Data Centers, and Warehouses & Distribution Centers.


Deepthy K B, Regional Director, GBCI, LEED AP (BD+C)

  • Deepthy leads the Middle East region for GBCI (Green Business Certification Inc.), the certification arm of the U.S. Green Building Council and is based out of Dubai. In her current role, she works towards building partnerships with the Government sector and Green Building Councils, on-boarding new clients who are keen to make a shift towards sustainability by identifying and creating a long term strategy towards sustainable operations of businesses and facilities.
  • Deepthy is a qualified Architect, LEED AP (BD+C) and holds an ALM Master’s in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University. Prior to joining GBCI, Deepthy has worked with prestigious organizations such as W S Atkins, Ernst & Young (EY) catering to clients from various industries such Real Estate and Construction, Oil & Gas, Retail, Luxury retail houses, Government projects and Not-for-profit organizations.


9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.     Registration and morning coffee break
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      Workshop 1: “Net Zero Energy Buildings – a comprehensive approach for construction and operations” by KGBC and Dr Ioannis Spanos, KEO Regional Manager
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.     Coffee Break and networking
12:00 a.m. –2:30 p.m.     Workshop 2: “Push the envelope of existing buildings: LEED Zero” by KGBC and USGBC
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break and networking
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Workshop 2: “Introduction to LEED v4.1 O+M” by KGBC and USGBC
5:30 p.m. Handing Over Certificates to attendees

Price for Green Academy:

Non-members 160 KD

KGBC members: 120 KD (25% discount)

Students: 80 KD

Venue: Al Shaheed Park – Phase 1, The Gate Lounge


GREEN TALKS - 25th September 2019 

"Building Life Cycle - towards net zero carbon emission"

Presentations should focus on know-how and case studies to explain and provide solution for reducing carbon emission from all stages of building life-cycle and create a green, healthy and climate resilient built environment for all.

The goal of the Green Talks - Building Life campaign is to highlight the need for the:

  1. sustainable production,
  2. reducing carbon emission by design,
  3. reducing carbon emission by building solutions,
  4. reducing carbon emission by sustainable operations & use,
  5. reducing carbon emission by responsible deconstruction and
  6. reuse of buildings and their materials.


6:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.       Opening Speech, BOD, KGBC
6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.       KGBC:“Building Life - Carbon Emission and Life Cycle assessment, World Green Building Week 2019”
6:30 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.       Timothy Bell, Sustainability manager, KEO Int. Consultants,“Carbon accounting – Towards Real Zero Energy Buildings”
6:50 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.       Harish Borah, Life Cycle Assessment Advisor,“Understanding Cost and Carbon Behavior Throughout Building Life”
7:10 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sadaf Ghalib, Sustainability Analyst, Alpin Limited,“Cutting off Energy Consumption and Return of Investment of Green Building”
7:30 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.       Manal Al Adwani, PhD Researcher, University of Salford, UK,Andrew Fleming, Director of Admissions / Senior Lecturer, University of Salford, UK,“The adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Sustainability”
7:50 p.m. – 8:10 p.m.       Fabrice Ducasse, Sustainable energy and construction business advisor,“Reducing Carbon Emission by Design”
8:10 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.       Panels Discussion & Networking

Price for Green Talks:

Non-members 10 KD

KGBC members: free

Students: free

Venue: Al Shaheed Park – Phase 2, The Multipurpose Hall

GREEN MOVIE NIGHT - 28th September 2019

“Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future”

Independent documentary movie, 2018, 85 min

Time: 7 pm

Location: ARGANIA, Shuwaikh

Organizer: Kuwait Green Building Council

About the event:

Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Living the Change is a feature-length documentary that explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to time banking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

Language: English

Trailer: To watch trailer kindly follow the link here

Price: Non-members; KGBC members and Students: free


Future Events

  • Sorry, there are no events for this month.