While buildings and human activities provide countless benefits to society, they also have significant environmental and health impacts; consuming various natural resources and producing undesirable carbon emissions. Did you know that the building and construction sector alone is responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions worldwide?
The Jordanian population is growing at an increasing pace over the past years. According to the World Population Review statistics, the population is expected to peak at 14.15 million people in 2080. Therefore, the demand for buildings is getting bigger, calling for an immediate and urgent action towards implementing green practices in buildings and construction. Amidst the increase of urban areas, negative impacts must be reduced or eliminated by the building’s design, construction or operation, and to create positive impacts on the climate, communities’ resilience in addition to preserving precious natural resources and improving people’s quality of life.
To address such pressing issues, Jordan Green Building Council (Jordan GBC) is a non-profit and nongovernmental organization and member-based association which has taken upon its shoulders the responsibility of advocating for the adoption of green building practices and green built environment actions.
With the asset of being part of a global network of more than 70 Green Building Councils, under the umbrella of the World GBC, Jordan GBC aims together to transform the built environment and its relevant markets towards sustainable development to contribute to lowering carbon emissions by 2030, and its elimination by 2050. In addition to the preservation of natural resources by creating a circular economic model that benefits health and wellbeing, and fosters sustainable economic growth and development.
The Jordan GBC aims to drive such change by providing internationally certified training programs, and generating sustainable projects and business opportunities for its members to be a part of. Furthermore, Jordan GBC provides a powerful, collaborative platform of active members and partners on a local, regional and international level; who share interests and encounter similar challenges and opportunities in the green buildings sector. This platform enables networking opportunities, maximizes business, exchanges knowledge, and generates new ideas to achieve results faster and more effectively, allowing members to be at the frontline across all segments of the building sector, for a green and sustainable industry and economy. Additionally, Jordan GBC partners with public sector agencies, to create and establish a stronger policy level that would promote and enhance the existing programmes and projects of national sustainable growth.
Vision: A Healthy, Sustainable, and Resource-Efficient built environment that is accessible and affordable to all.
Mission: Driving the built environment and its relevant sectors towards de-carbonization and supporting climate resilience.
Core Value: The right to live, work and study in healthy and sustainable buildings with a low carbon impact through positive public/private and civil society cooperation. Jordan GBC strives for innovation, partnerships, integrity, and transparency.
How Jordan GBC makes a difference:
- Technical: Jordan GBC has a pool of world class experts, which leverages extensive in-depth technical knowledge of the sector.
- Continuity in Engagement: Jordan GBC has a very well-established network of contacts, and is a trusted institution for stakeholders across Jordan.
- Creating collaboration: Jordan GBC is a well-recognized organization and known for its effective role in joint-projects and collaboration with different local, regional and international entities.
- Cutting-edge capabilities: Through its pillars, Jordan GBC has managed to develop, implement and lead different activities, studies and projects related to the green built environment and its aspects, varying from technical projects, policy projects, to community-engagement projects, contributing to environmental, economic, and social goals.
Jordan GBC publications include LEED Gap Analysis (2011-2012), Advocacy for Forests (2012-2013), The Public Action for Water, Energy and Environment Project (2012-2014), Energy Efficient Building Course development (2013-2014), Eco Cities of the Mediterranean (2014), Anti-littering campaign (2014), Mini checklist (2014-2017), Solid Waste Management Training Program (2015-2017), Dawerha - Civil society engagement through communal waste management schemes (2015-2017), Your Guide to Waste Management in Jordan/Booklet (2016), Your Guide to Green Buildings/Booklet (2017), Green Affordable Homes (2017-2018), Your Guide to Building Envelope Retrofits/Booklet (2018), Sawsana Rating Tool (2017-2019), Retrofitting Component in the Existing Residential Building in Jordan (2018-2019), Energy Benchmark for Residential apartments in Amman /Booklet (2019), Green City Action Plan – Amman (2019-Present), Building Efficiency Accelerator (2019-2020), NetZero Buildings in Jordan (2020), Residential Energy Efficiency Retrofit Program and Certification Scheme for Jordan (2020).
For more information, contact Jordan GBC at telephone numbers +962-6-4645777 or +962-79-7210054 or at [email protected]. You may visit the JGBC website at www.jordangbc.org
Jordan Green Building Council (Jordan GBC)
• Platinum Members:
- Aramex International
- BDO Jordan
- Consolidated Consultants Engineering and Environment (CC)
- Dar Al-Handasah Consultants
- Jordan Kuwait Bank
- Initial Saudi Group
- Istiklal Hospital
- Majid Al Futtaim Holding
- Lafarge Concrete Jordan
- Manaseer Industrial Complex
- Qatrana Cement Company
- The Housing Bank for Trade and Finance
- Amman Al Ahliyya University
- Applied Science Private University
- Middle East University
- Philadelphia University
- University of Petra
• Gold Members:
- Amaryllis Engineering Consultants
- Arab Technical Group Co.
- Bawadi International Engineering
- Building Ranks
- Izzat Marji Group
- Laswi and Zalloum Law firm
• Silver Members:
- Adaa Sustainable Development Consultants
- Algebra Intelligence
- Amman Studio for Architecture, Landscape & Interiors (ASALI)
- Arab Technical Construction Co.
- Creator for Certifications Services (TUV)
- DON CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS (DCP)
- EEE Group/UNIDOM
- Eylaf Industrial ltd.-Ata Rabah
- Faris & Faris Architects
- Hanania Solar Systems
- Inside Out Design
- Jawahart Al durr AlManthoor
- MINERVA for Engineering Studies and Consulting Ltd
- Moka’ab Construction Company
- Mostaqbal Engineering and Environmental Consultants
- MK Associates
- Petra Engineering Industrial Co.
- POLARIS Energy Sustainability Solutions
- Ruqn Al Handasa
- Sanabel Landscape Architecture | Urban Design & Planning
- Sterling BIM
- The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)
- Wajih Contracting Co
- Yazeed and Farah Architects