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MDA insists its Budget proposals as agreed before general election

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The Malta Developers Association presented a substantial document with concrete proposals for Budget 2018, some of which can be implemented immediately.

MDA President Sandro Chetcuti, who headed a delegation of Council members, augured that the Prime Minister and his Government would continue to achieve further progress and success in its endeavours to take the country to the next level. He praised Government’s initiatives that have truly brought the best of times in terms of employment and a booming economy.

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Both PN leadership contenders request meeting with MDA

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

The two Nationalist Party leadership contenders, Dr Adrian Delia and Dr Chris Said, held separate meetings with the Malta Developers Association Council. The meetings, held at the request of the two candidates, turned out to be two long, fruitful discussions.

Both Dr Delia and Dr Said acknowledged the good work of the MDA and its highly valid contribution to the country.

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Developers invited to attend two-day information workshop

UGreenS – Lifelong Learning Programme – Leonardo da Vinci – Transfer of Innovation

Sustainability, which involves the optimisation of economic, social and environmental issues, is becoming a key element in buildings and the construction sector in general. The construction industry, being one of the foremost consumers of energy, cannot ignore requirements of sustainable development any longer.

Within a climate change context, the immediate implementation of sustainable construction practices is becoming a necessity. Urban Greening technologies are in consonance with the EU’s response to the climate change challenge, thus enhancing the climate resilience for buildings in general.

While the general principles of sustainable construction are slowly being incorporated in university curricula under the pressing deadline of the Europe 2020 targets, it would be a rather late response, if one were to wait for such educational programmes to bear fruit. Furthermore we cannot ignore professionals already in the field as well as developers and NGOs militating on built environment issues.

Urban Greening concepts

Developers have always shown themselves to be responsive to emerging technologies which they are willing to implement through the capability of seasoned professionals and who are regularly kept in check by civil society. We therefore need to tap into a number of practising professionals (engineers, architects, landscape architects and urban horticulturists) who are familiar with urban greening concepts and are also eager to learn new techniques and, in turn, disseminate them to their respective societies so as to be able to hit the ground running.

Urban Greening (UG) uses technologies (such as Green Roofs and Living Walls) that are widely known to mitigate urban heat island effects, storm-water runoff, as well as providing thermal conditioning for buildings, thus significantly contributing to sustainable construction and development.

In Mediterranean countries, however, UG technologies have witnessed little application. The reasons for this include a lack of knowledge, by society and the construction industry, of the benefits of using green roofs and a limited technical expertise for the widespread implementation of UG technologies. Green infrastructure solutions are often cheaper in one-off and maintenance costs than purely technical protection at a larger scale. Moreover such solutions also enhance the aesthetics of a building and enhance its value.

Green Roofs and Living Walls

UGreenS aims at introducing the practical know-how for the implementation of two new technologies, Green Roofs and Living Walls, both of which fall under the umbrella of Urban Greening. This knowledge will be introduced to practitioners, such as professional engineers, architects, scientists and where there is specific interest to developers and non-governmental organisations to enhance the skills of the capacity of our community, offer the opportunity of training those who wish to be first movers in these areas and ultimately reinforce sustainable construction in Malta.

An initial two-day workshop will be organised shortly for 10 professionals. The organisation of another workshop will be given due consideration if there are specific requests from the business, development, professional or non-governmental communities for additional training sessions aimed to introduce these concepts.

The Faculty for the Built Environment is the Maltese partner involved in this transfer of knowledge programme, which commenced last year and which brings together experts from Spain, Greece and Cyprus. For further information or in order to express an interest in exploring the possibility of organising a two-day workshop (minimum 10 participants), free of charge, contact the resident academic involved in this project, Perit Kevin Gatt, on environmentalresearchmalta@gmail.com.

You are also invited to regularly visit the project website at www.ugreens.eu to be updated on the project’s development.

Co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union

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