21 May, 2015

Smart Box Wins EGBC 2015 Award in Green Building System Category

Smart Box Wins EGBC 2015 Award in Green Building System Category

Award recognizes container conversion as green alternative to traditional construction

21 May 2015
Dubai - Smart Box Industries LLC, the region's pioneers in containerised construction, won EGBC 2015 'Green Building System' Award during the recently held ceremony at Al Murooj Rotana Hotel in Dubai. Smart Box won this award for being the manufacturer of the headquarters of Geo-Chem Middle East office at TechnoPark - Dubai,  the MENA region's first building made of upcycled shipping containers.

The winners were introduced by Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, during the ceremony in which Dr. Thani Ahmed Al-Zayoudi, Director of Energy and Climate Change at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made a keynote on green building practices.

According to the EGB Council, the Green Building System Award is in rec-ognition of 'a building system that provides a more sustainable solution to green building construction than traditional construction methods (reinforced concrete frame, poured on site, with block work infill)'.

Arjun Menon, Managing Director - Smart Box Industries LLC said: "This award has come as a true pleasure and honour - a recognition of  the years of work we have put into perfecting cargotecture (container conversion) in the region. The possibilities are endless with this tech-nology, and the award has given us the impetus to move ahead with increased confidence."

The 13440 sq ft Geo-Chem Middle East office has been manufactured out of 42 units of 40' high cube containers and meets all the requirements of a typical commercial building. In addition to being made of recycled materials, the building sports a host of energy efficient features, mak-ing it one of the 'greenest' buildings in the region.

The EGBC Awards honour companies that implement sustainable design, construction and/or operation of buildings and structures, and aims to 'help establish a regional model for a sustainable built environment that is world class and replicable.' The awards are an initiative of the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices.


About Smart Box Industries LLC
Smart Box Industries LLC is the region's leading modular construction specialist involved in the design, manufacture, transportation and installation of high quality, ISO marine container based products. A part of the IAL Group ( ) specializing in shipping and global supply chain logistics, Smart Box provides cutting edge modular solutions for offshore and onshore, marine, construction, mining, defence, hospitality and engineering industries worldwide. 

Earlier this year, Smart Box manufactured the shell and core components for a unique development at TE-COM's Dubai Design District (d3), marrying Arabic architectural sensibilities with cutting edge technology. The 76-container  project, comprising individual clusters of 4 - 6 containers each, houses d3 office, galleries, workshops, store, cafe, multi-purpose spaces, rental spaces, prayer room and restaurants among other things.

Committed to providing turnkey solutions that leave minimal impact on the environment, Smart Boxis geared to meet a wide spectrum of the world's residential, industrial, commercial and hospitality sector needs.From pop-up venues such as the one for Sole DXB to the recently completed office block for ITSS, Somaliland, Smart Box solutions are versatile, lasting and offer quicker return on investment.  

An award winning, ISO 9001:2008 certified company run by a team of highly skilled professionals, Smart Box operates a state-of-the-art conversion plant spanning more than 120,000 square feet in Dubai's Al Quoz Industrial Area.

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