Racha Rachwan graduated from Ain Sahms University Architecture Department. She has 18 years of experience in the field of Architecture Design and Construction. During which, she developed a passion to the environmental and sustainability design by preparing Master’s Degree in the sustainability field and thesis called “The Use of the Renewable Energies in the Urban Design of the University Buildings” where she made an on-hand measurement and calculations for the PV cells on the studied locations.
As a LEED AP and AVS; this helped her to study the integration between the sustainability aspects and Value Engineering methodology, in order to achieve a more efficient project considering the buildings performance, cost and value. These qualifications helped applying studies on the different projects that she managed and published a paper that consolidates the outputs: “The Influence of Value Engineering and Sustainability considerations on the Project Value”, Procedia Environmental Sciences (2016) pp. 431-438.
Currently working as a design manager in Cairo Festival City, under the development of Al Futtaim one of the largest and reputable developer in the MENA Region, gave her the opportunity to help implement her experience over the projects that she managed to reach more efficient and environmental project.
GREEN BUILDINGS AND RETROFIT - THE HANDS-ON APPROACH TO ACHIEVING SUSTAINABILITY
- Educating and convincing all the stakeholders about the benefits of green construction
- Green Pyramid Rating System (GPRS) - an initiative that will help define what constitutes an “Egyptian Green Building”
- Smaller steps lead to bigger savings – understanding how simple retrofit strategies such as solar shading, window glazing, air tightness then insulation can reduce energy consumption
Theme: Women in Construction (Sustainability and Technology)