Posted on October 22, 2015
Gulf Organization for Research & Development (GORD), the hub for sustainability in the MENA region, has organized a three-day GSAS – CERTIFIED GREEN PROFESSIONAL(CGP) Workshop at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) from October 13th to 15th, 2015. The main focus of the workshop was to showcase GSAS v2.0 new updates also known as (GSAS v2.1).
The new updates include but not limited to the following features:
    Permitting partial scoring for plans in criteria not previously allowed by GSAS Trust.
    Providing some criteria with extra incentive points.
    Presenting enhanced manuals & user-friendly calculators.
    Introducing new GSAS Scoring Sheet for quick star rating exploration
The 3-day GSAS - CERTIFIED GREEN PROFESSIONAL training workshop aim to empower industry professionals, senior consultants and engineers on "how to create sustainable building projects which minimize ecological impact while addressing the specific sustainable needs of the region". Dr. Esam Elsarrag, GORD’s Director – R&D, launched the workshop with the presence of 36 professional engineers (architects, mechanical and electrical engineers) representing about 30 nationwide companies from different sectors of the industry such as; consulting firms, contracting companies, master developers, government bodies, building material companies and many others.
He further commented: “The three-day intensive training workshop is developed to empower professionals working within the construction industry with the necessary tools and means of sustainable development giving them the opportunity to create sustainable building projects.” Dr. Yousef Alhorr, GORD’s Founding Chairman added: “The updates reflect on years of hard work showcasing GORD’s continuous stride in developing GSAS by; capturing practitioner’s involvement in GSAS & deploying best practices. The new updates had included the following:
    GSAS Categories and Criteria
Dr. Alhorr praised the audience for their trust in GORD & GSAS which underlines the growing interest in the Global Sustainability Assessment System as an international benchmark for green building development.
The GSAS-CGP training workshop program offers:
    Training to become GSAS – Certified Green Professional.
    Latest knowledge and understanding of GSAS green building practices and principles, and how to apply them.
    Guidance to GSAS procedures, tools, applications and assessment requirements.
    Necessary educational materials to support them during their practice.
Within the same context, GORD has announced the release of the “GSAS Technical Guide 2015 – issue 2”.
The PDF version of Technical Guide can be downloaded via this link: