EcoSmart a Big success at Big 5

The proven success of EcoSmart Concrete is being brought to the UAE by EcoSmart through the support of the Government of Canada and in collaboration with leading research, design and construction companies.

EcoSmart Concrete proved to be very popular with Big 5 attendees with hundreds visiting the EcoSmart booth daily throughout the 5-day event. Most were intrigued by the concept of reducing the negative environmental impact of concrete, while improving performance and maintaining cost. Samples of supplementary cementing materials (such as fly ash, slag, silica fume and pumice) were displayed and an ongoing screen presentation explained the many benefits of replacing certain levels of cement with alternatives in concrete.

EcoSmart’s “Concrete for Green Building” seminar during Big 5 was also well attended. Dozens of engineers, architects, construction managers, property developers and others heard speakers discuss green building in the Emirates and specifically how EcoSmart Concrete can further it. Speakers included Michel de Spot, President & CEO – EcoSmart; Maginnis Cocivera, Architect – Busby Perkins+Will; and Denis Beaupré, Technical Manager – Unibeton. For more information please see the seminar agenda and speaker list below. Speaker presentations can be found in our Knowledge Base.

Beyond support given to its case study partners in the UAE, EcoSmart will also offer information to the wider construction industry at events such as Big 5. Please watch for details on EcoSmart’s participation in other conferences and events throughout 2008, including the BuildEx and Globe Business and Environment conferences in Vancouver, Canada and the Building Futures Gulf by BATIMAT in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The proven success of EcoSmart Concrete is being brought to the UAE by EcoSmart through the support of the Government of Canada and in collaboration with leading research, design and construction companies.

EcoSmart Concrete Big 5 Seminar Agenda & Speakers

“Concrete for Green Building by EcoSmart”
Big 5 Construction Conference & Trade Show
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Dubai International Exhibition Centre

Introduction: EcoSmart in the Emirates
Michel de Spot, President & CEO – EcoSmart Foundation

Michel de Spot is a professional engineer with 36 years experience in management, engineering, environmental and industrial projects. Michel has worked on everything from academic teaching to industrial projects all around the world and over the last decade, has been personally engaged in activities that addresses sustainability and climate change. Michel is the co-founder and current president of the EcoSmart Foundation.

Building in the Emirates for a Sustainable Future
Maginnis Cocivera, Architect – Busby Perkins+Will

Maginnis Cocivera is an architect with Busby Perkins+Will where he has been the project manager of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 and the Victoria Wastewater Strategy. Prior to joining Busby Perkins+Will, he worked for Mario Bellini in Milan and was a member of the design team that won the Louvre Hall of Islamic Arts Competition in Paris.

Building with EcoSmart Concrete
Denis Beaupré, Technical Manager – Unibeton

Dr. Denis Beaupré received his PhD on Concrete Technologies in 1994 from University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After teaching at Laval University in Quebec, Canada, he joined Unibeton Ready Mix, now the largest concrete supplier in the Emirates, where he is operation manager.

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