Posted on February 10, 2015
Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) Director Business Development – Middle East, Dr. Walter J.R. Buydens accompanied by Sr. Researcher, Dr. Hand Vandevyvere, & Sr. Researcher, Mrs. Carolin Spirinckx, and Programme Manager, Mr. Jos Benner, made a visit to GORD Headquarter in QSTP on February 8, 2015.
The meeting was attended by GORD’s Founding Chairman, Dr. Yousef Alhorr and Director Research & Development, Dr. Esam Elsarrag. Both parties shared thoughts & ideas concerning mutual cooperation. Dr. Yousef Alhorr discussed GORD involvement in developing sustainability and green buildings standards, conducting applied research & engaging in education & outreach activities, he further commented: “We are pleased to work with VITO on a global level to enforce sustainability best practices within the construction industry.”
Dr. Walter Buydens commented: “VITO is a leading European independent research and consultancy centre in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. We see this is an opportunity to bring research to the construction industry of the built environment through our collaboration with GORD.”

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Both organizations have agreed to strengthen joint activities through:
    Research in issues concerning Smart & Sustainable Buildings.
    Education: training, courses, workshops and lectures, etc.
    Events: Conferences, Seminars, Symposiums.