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CNA-Q marks Earth Day with presentation on 'green home'.

AILYN AGONIA

DOHA THE College of North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) marked Earth Day 2011 on Thursday with a presentation of its Undergraduate Research Experience Programme (UREP) awardwinning project aiming at the construction of 'green home'.

The project presentation highlighted CNA-Q's support for 'A Billion Acts of Green', world largest environmental service campaign ito mark Earth Day which falls on April 22.

Titled 'Sustainable Energy Management and Home Automation', the project got second position in the UREP awards held recently.

It addresses issues about energy wastage in Qatar due to lack of good building designs, lack of sustainable resource management and lack of home automation concept.

The project is a joint initiative of nine engineering technology students and three faculty members.

Following the completion of the studies for the construction of 'green villa', the project group partnered with the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) to realise the thesis concept.

CNA-Q faculty member and project adviser, Ovaise Murtaza said, "The recommendations of this project will be considered and used by Qatar Green Building Council to build a green villa.

We want to educate the people in Qatar about the benefits of green technology in construction.

Our goal is to build a green villa with ten per cent of the cost of building a regular villa.

This will highlight economic benefits of the project.

We are currently in talks with QGBC to raise funds in order to start constructing the green villa.

Our focus on this project is residential facility but this concept can also be adapted to commercial infrastructures.

We hope to forward this concept to the government for regulations purposes in the future." Other activities on the occasion included recycling and water conservation awareness campaigns and a photo contest focusing on the theme 'Nature and Pollution in Qatar', which was participated in by both students and faculty members.

CNA-Q faculty member and the event organiser Jennifer Strickland said, "Our activities for Earth Day focus on the simple things students can do to promote this global campaign in Qatar.

Apart from this one-day celebration, we are also working on our recycling programme to intensify our campaign on this initiative."

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