The challenges of building sustainably in the Middle East are different than those in more temperate Western climates, says Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. Tall buildings such as Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower can perform sustainably "[i]f every measure is taken to improve energy, water, waste, materials [and] air quality." Qatar's plans for a carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup in 2022 could also showcase examples of the region's greener architecture, Fedrizzi said.

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