Under The Patronage of Dubai Municipality
The Middle East Drymix Mortar Association
cordially invites you to:

February 23 & 24, 2011, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa


The Middle East Conference on Sustainable Building Materials focusses on environmentally compatible building materials, components, systems and technologies. The presentations are dealing with Standardization, harmonization of specifications and construction efficiency with the goal to create ecological and sustainable buildings throughout the Middle East. Topics cover the most recent developments in building technology:

  • Integration of regional construction technology into a global framework
  • Comparison and evolution of standards and testing methods
  • Inclusion of drymix mortar topics in academic curricula throughout the Middle East (College, University and Techn. Education; CPD)
  • Environmental impact and benefits of sustainable construction
  • Innovative technologies and products

For the purpose of The Middle East Conference on Sustainable Building Materials, all prodcuts that contribute highly to the environmental compatibility of a building are being called "Sustainable Building Materials": the term is being defined as all architectural and non-structural materials that go into commercial, touristic and residential real estate:

  • Building blocks
  • Wall and ceiling panels
  • Mortars such as Floor Screeds, wall renders and plasters, tile adhesives and specialty mortars
  • Drymix mortars in preservation and conservation of historic buildings
  • External Insulation and Finishing Systems
  • Iinsulation materials
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Sustainable building technology
  • Additives and modifiers for sustainable building products
  • Environmentally compatible production technology

The Call for Papers ends on January 30, 2011. The Technical Committee consists of Prof. Dr. Mufid Samarai, Sharjah Academy for Scientific Research (Chairman), Eng. Ali Ahmed Elian, Eng. Imad Juma Mohamed, Dr. Prokasan Vengavila Chellappan, Dubai Central Laboratories and Ferdinand Leopolder, drymix.info. Papers can be submitted to: info@drymix.info

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Day 1 - Conference Program February 23, 2010

Location: The Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa
9:00 am: Delegate Registration and Check-In

Morning Session
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Chairman: Mufid Samarai, Sharjah Academy for Scientific Research
Hawa Abdullah Bastaki
Dubai Central Laboratories &
Welcome and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Dry Mortar Laboratory at the Dubai Central Laboratory Department for quality control
Ali Elian
Dubai Central Laboratories
DCL’s role in the quality assessment of sustainable building materials in the UAE
Low VOC Binders for Sustainable Interior Paints - State of the Art and Trends 
Coffee Break
Chairman: Laith Haboubi, MEDMA
Rashad M. Bukhesh
Dubai Municipality
Architectural Heritage in UAE
Dr. Helge Kramberger - Kaplan
Robert Murjahn Institute
External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) for Sustainable Buildings: Performance, Standardisation and Quality
Thorsten Schneider
Henkel Polybit Industries Ltd.
Sustainable tiling systems with dust-free, light-weight and anti-fungus technologies
Salah Al-Toubat
University of Sharjah
Toward a sustainable SCC through the use of high volume Fly ash and Slag to reduce cement in SCC and the effect on its cracking potential

Lunch Break

Afternoon Session
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Chairman: Ali Elian, Dubai Central Laboratories
Mufid Samarai
Sharjah Academy for Scientific Research
The Role of Engineers in the Conservation of Heritage and Historic Buildings
Dirk Stoetzer
Knauf UAE
Sustainable Wall Construction Insulation through Gypsum Boards  
Brown Joseph
Dow Construction Chemicals
Reducing Over-heating in Buildings by Use of Cool Reflective Roof Coatings (CRRCs)
Coffee Break
Chairman: Ferdinand Leopolder, MEDMA
Mario Seneviratne
Green Techno Dubai
The Use of Green Building Materials in Construction and their Impact onto rating Systems
How Masdar is greening its Supply Chain
Building Chemistry Goes Green 

Day 2 - Project Tour February 24, 2010

Location: Dubai Central Laboratories
Time: 9.00am to 12am

Project Tour to the Dubai Central Laboratories. Conference Delegates are invited to participate in a presentation by the Dubai Municipality Dubai Central Laboratories team on their mandate, work and testing facilities. Presentations will include:

- Legislation, laws and regulations applicable in the EMS
- Implementation of quality standards ISO 9001:2008 as well as ISO/IEC 17025.
- Quality control of construction projects
- Green building materials testing as per international standards and equipment (physical, mechanical, and thermal properties)
- DCL certification services.

Registration options:

Sustainable Building Materials Conference

  • Early bird discount until February 6, 2011 of 259 USD (950 AED) per delegate
  • Regular fee from February 7, 2011 will be 340 USD (1,250 AED) per delegate

Attendance at the Conference entitles to a Certificate of Attendance issued by MEDMA

Special Admission packages available for sponsors, student rebates available upon request

To register please click here.


Organisers: Academic Partner:


CO2- neutral conference in cooperation with Ecoventures

Proven contributors to climate change are the emissions of greenhouse gases, one of them being carbon dioxide, CO2. In our everyday life it is unavoidable to cause CO2 emission and to leave a so called CO2 footprint. E.g. Traveling by car from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in a regular car produces 33kg CO2. A roundtrip flight (economy) from London to Dubai will produce 2.45t of CO2 emission. One year use of a fridge can cause a CO2 emission of around 100kg CO2/year.

It is possible to compensate unavoidable CO2 emissions by investing into and thus supporting projects that lead to a direct greenhouse gas reduction, support climate protection and sustainable development. The organizer undertakes to offset the calculated amount of CO2 emission caused by the event in cooperation with our partner Ecoventures. Offset projects have to fulfill strict regulations. For more information please visit www.Ecoventures.ae

It is our aim to lead with a good example and to leave a green footprint.