Passivhaus has reached the Middle East and one may naturally think that this European concept is for countries where there is a pressing need to conserve energy and fuel costs, so seeing this concept in the oil rich Qatar is may be a bit surprising. At Edwards Hart, we strive to seek out innovation to improve our expertise and the service we provide our customers. Our Director John Edwards last month paid a visit to the Barwar City Development with the editor of Global Construction Review Rod Sweet and you can read his article here. John Edwards commented: “Our expertise is in retrofit, but seeing this innovative new build development first hand and discussing it with the Head of Sustainability at the Qatar Green Building Council, Alex Amato is fascinating and will certainly assist our work in the Middle East. “This is essentially a research project, that will not just help the construction of new buildings, but also help us understand how existing buildings in hot climates perform and then steer us towards robust retrofit solutions”.