Expo 2020 Dubai plans to prevent waste from entering landfills | Iran's 2018 cement manufacturing similar to 2017 | Contract awarded for 78-story Dubai building
15 January 2019
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Expo 2020 Dubai plans to prevent waste from entering landfills
Expo 2020 Dubai has partnered with UAE company Dulsco to prevent 85% generated in the expo's south site from entering landfills. Instead, the concrete and steel waste will be reused for other construction materials, fertilizer and souvenirs.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) (14 Jan.) 
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Iran's 2018 cement manufacturing similar to 2017
Iran manufactured 41 megatons of cement in the last nine months of 2018, similar to production during the same period in 2017, according to the Iran Cement Association. The country's cement exports increased 2% year over year.
International Cement Review online (14 Jan.) 
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Contract awarded for 78-story Dubai building
Belgium-based Belhasa Six Construct has won a contract for a 78-story building in DMCC's Uptown Dubai district. The Uptown Tower project will have seven podium levels topped with seven high-rises and will feature AccorHotels' luxury hotel.
Arabian Business (United Arab Emirates) (13 Jan.) 
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India cement demand grows with government spending
Increased government spending on affordable housing and infrastructure could lead to a 4% growth for cement-makers in India, analysts say. Infrastructure makes up 30% of the demand for cement in India, and housing is responsible for as much as 65%.
Nikkei Asian Review (Japan) (tiered subscription model) (07 Jan.) 
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Technology & Trends
Advances in BIM, green construction worth watching in 2019
Last year, the construction industry saw greater demand for greener, energy-efficient buildings and increased use of building information technology to manage assets, AESG's Saeed Al Abbar says. Advancements to enhance fire safety and accelerate delivery for high-performance buildings will also be worth watching.
ME Construction News (Dubai) (08 Jan.) 
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Photos: Bahrain building displays neighboring ancient architecture
The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, in partnership with Switzerland's Leopold Banchini Architects, built the House of Architectural Heritage to display the architecture of neighboring buildings. The thermally insulated, reinforced-concrete structure uses sliding doors to provide a public corridor.
Dezeen (10 Jan.) 
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Sustainability & Green Building
UAE report reveals mixed bag for building energy efficiency
The Building Efficiency Accelerator Project Report by Emirates Green Building Council revealed that while some UAE buildings are successful at eliminating energy waste, others should increase their measures. The report offered several recommendations to decrease energy and water waste, such as malls using enough submeters to track usage.
Construction Business News (Dubai) (10 Jan.) 
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Nuvoco testing facility accredited by independent Indian society
Indian building material manufacturer Nuvoco Vistas' Construction Development and Innovation Center has been accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories. CDIC now is allowed to administer more than 100 mechanical tests on building materials.
Business Standard (India) (tiered subscription model) (11 Jan.) 
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Museum in Lebanon features GFRC cladding, green elements
Glass-fiber-reinforced concrete cladding will be used for the Beirut Museum of Art in Lebanon. Architectural firm WORKac designed the museum to have open, mismatched balconies, a rooftop restaurant, a full green roof over a subterranean car park and photovoltaic panels.
Dezeen (08 Jan.) 
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