Last year Basalt Rock Composite FZE received Gaia Awards for their basalt composite rebar. According to Ahmad Bukhash, the member of the Gaia Awards judging panel:
Last year’s winner is an excellent example of how the Gaia Awards promote sustainable products available in the market and support companies that are truly revolutionizing the industry…The diffusion of the Basalt Composite Rebar will have a tremendous impact on Dubai’s construction industry, where concrete steel was used extensively in almost all projects.
Since 2008, the Gaia Awards has honoured the products and services that help to reduce the construction’s impact on the environment in the Middle East. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the energy consumption in buildings can be reduced by 30 to 80% using proven and commercially available technologies. However, about 40% of global energy and 25% of global water are used by buildings, which are also responsible for approximately one-third of all global greenhouse gas emissions.
The hot climate of the UAE is among the most challenging in the world when it comes to implementing sustainable building solutions,(which result in social and environmental benefits, not having a negative impact on human health and environment during their life cycle). Nevertheless, the UAE was named one of the top 10 markets for green building space by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
*LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) is green building certification programs developed by USGBC.