March 12,13,& 15, 2019 – The Ramez Chaghoury Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Design (RC-FAAD) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) hosted a 3-day seminar series on sustainable architecture titled “Building Green: Experiments and Expectations.” The event was organized by the conferences and seminars committee at the Department of Architecture, and took place over the three campuses, covering a broad geographical area and reaching a very wide audience.
The seminars gathered most of the active players on national and international levels, with Dr. Chadi Atieh from Liege University as a keynote speaker, and ranging from public institutions such as the Order of Engineers and Architects to private institutions such as universities, corporate entities and NGOs. Members of the Lebanese Green Building Council (LGBC), and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) chapter in Lebanon participated, as well as other leading consulting firms. International sustainability assessment standards such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) were discussed as well as the national standard ARZ. Case studies of rated green buildings in Lebanon were also presented engaging the international and national architects of these buildings. Students engaged with the events across all three days, with work related to sustainable practice from NDU.