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Future Concrete Lebanon 2015 to highlight sustainability, advancements in green building


LEBANON. Advanced Construction and Technology Services (ACTS), a leading consulting organisation in the field of construction materials and geotechnical engineering, has announced this year’s staging of the international Future Concrete conference scheduled on June 11th at Le Royal Hotel Dbayeh, Lebanon.
Future Concrete Lebanon 2015 will be held under the patronage of the Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA) in Beirut, with fib (federation international du beton), ASTM International (American Society for Testing and Materials),  and ACI (American Concrete Institute) as event co-sponsors.
The conference, considered as Middle East’s premier learning event for the construction industry, is top-billed by local and international industry experts who will discuss the latest advances and new challenges in the construction industry.
Sustainable construction and eco-friendly building practices will headline the discussions this year, which experts say are necessary to fuel the current construction boom in the Middle East.
Although new development projects offer great economic benefits, they come with serious environmental price tag, especially in the Middle East where energy and water are considered serious challenges.
Engr. Khaled Awad, Chairman of ACTS, said, “Construction affects the environment in all stages of a building’s life-cycle.  If there is inadequate infrastructure planning and management, construction will aggravate environmental degradation. Thus there is the need to move towards ecologically sound technologies to achieve continued growth and sustainable development.
"The concept requires special attention to the quality control and sustainability aspects in order to enable buildings and facilities to have a longer life. Environmental sustainability can be considered as the core of technologies in the construction field. This is what Future Concrete is all about, and ACTS is committed to promoting environmental sustainability through its seminars and international conferences aimed at raising awareness and guidance in this area – this in addition to our role as a consultant, in a number of massive projects in the region, confirming the quality of materials used to help create sustainable projects, among them the Waterfront City and American University of Beirut Medical Center, here in Lebanon.”
Future Concrete Lebanon 2015 will be graced by Eng. Khaled Chehab, the President of the Order of Engineers & Architects Beirut, Lebanon, who will give the keynote speech, and feature highly-respected internationally-renowned speakers, among them Architect Elie Gebrayel, Chairman and CEO, Erga Group; Architect Michael Scharpf, Head of Sustainable of Construction & Green Labels, Holcim; Eng. Elie Moussalli, Project Director, Council for Development and Reconstruction, Lebanon; Eng. Dennis Burns, Director of Business Development, Simco Technologies, Dubai; Mr. Adib Hachem, Sales and Marketing Director, Cimenterie Nationale, and Chairman & CEO, Al Sabeh Beton; Dr. Abdeldjelil Belarbi, Professor, University of Houston in Texas, USA; Mr. Philippe Dame, COO, Sibline Building Materials; Dr. Nariman Khalil, Associate Professor, University of Balamand, Lebanon; and, Eng. Anwar Antoun, Managing Partner, Civil Minds, Lebanon.
Key topics to be discussed include: Future Concrete Solutions for Sustainable Construction; Large-Scale Infrastructure and Water Projects: National Outlook; New Frontiers in the Design and Strengthening of RC/PC Structures using FRP Composites; Improving Lightweight Usage in Building Construction; Towards More Sustainable Structures: Recycled Concrete Aggregates, Green Solution; Improvements in Concrete Construction; Concrete Durability; and, Vertical Integration the in the Concrete Ready Mix Business.
Another highlight of the event will be the announcement of the winning team from the student competition called “ACI Art of Concrete Competition” sponsored by Cimenterie Nationale.
The competition, which attracted 17 groups from seven Lebanon-based universities, challenged the students to explore the artistic nature of concrete and display its many varieties of form, function, and beauty. Students produced their original works of art that exemplified the central theme — The Art of Concrete.
Entries received came in in the form of sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, and scale models. The winning team will be granted a trip to the United States of America to attend the ACI Fall 2015 Convention in Denver, Colorado.
Future Concrete Lebanon 2015 is supported by Cimenterie Nationale, Araco and Holcim as Event Partners; Sika (Platinum Sponsor); Sibline and Zerock (Gold Sponsors); Dar Al Handasah; and, whyQatar (Media Sponsor).
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