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Dubai hosts most sustainable building: LEED No. 1

by CW Staff on Jun 18, 2013

The Change Initative has a LEED score of 107.
The Change Initative has a LEED score of 107.
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The Change Initiative, a UAE-based sustainability venture, has been awarded the world’s highest scoring LEED Platinum certification, making it the most sustainable building in the world.

The achievement was presented along with a letter from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) congratulating The Change Initiative on rising to the zenith of current ideals for the built environment.

The 4,000m2 change Initiative has obtained 107 points out of a maximum of the 110 accounted for in the LEED sustainability guidelines, breaking the previous record of 105 points set by the Pixel building in Victoria, Australia.

Gundeep Singh, CEO and founder, The Change Initiative, said: "We are very pleased to take pole position as the most sustainable building in the world. This is a proud moment for The Change Initiative, Dubai and the UAE.

“We would like to thank our employees, government bodies, partners and suppliers, media and our customers, for unparalleled support and continued encouragement.

Singh continued: “We look forward to working closely with all of our stakeholders, and together taking small steps on our journey towards responsible living across the UAE."

Loek Malmberg, chairman, The Change Initiative, said: "We express gratitude to the leaders of the UAE for the progression of a great city and nation, and supporting SMEs in reaching such great heights.

“Dubai increasingly understands the importance of introducing more sustainable practices in order to safeguard its long-term prosperity. We intend to facilitate this understanding by making the same products and services available to both individuals and corporate citizens in the UAE.”

LEED points are awarded for a combination of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation in Design, and Regional Priority.

Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & founding chair of the body which sets LEED ratings, the US Green Building Council, added: “The Change Initiative efficiently uses our natural resources to make an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

Sustainable brands represented by the project include Ecover (eco- friendly cleaning detergents), Bokashi compost bins, as well as Phillips, Schneider, Vitra, Ecover, Siematic, Volkswagen and IBM.

Founded in Dubai in 2008, The Change Initiative represents holistic interests in energy, water, waste, food and lifestyle, specialising in every arena in solutions that reduce human impact.

Over 44,000 projects are rated through LEED across 120 countries.



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Readers' Comments

Alex Bell (Jul 5, 2013)
United Arab Emirates

Please. And in other news, the Vatican hosts world's largest whorehouse. Both headlines equally absurd.

David (Jun 19, 2013)

impressive work on green architecture
i am very pleased with this positive development in green architecture. i hope it gets adequate publicity to encourage world leaders to reverse the global warming trend caused by environmental pollution

Richard (Jun 19, 2013)

Sustainable Buildings
That's a great achievement, which building is it in Dubai so we may visit? More than 10 years ago the Gulf Agency HQ building was built in the Jebel Ali Free Zone using the Termodeck system and I believe still the most energy efficient building in the UAE - where the water bill is more than the electricty bill. It is worth a visit and if all new buildings were of similar construction power consumption would be greatly reduced and power could be taken for cooling during the night, reducing peak power loading experienced midday throughout the summer months.

Zack H. Abdi (Jun 18, 2013)
United Arab Emirates

Sustainability Responsibility
Wonderful to know how a company like Change Initiative is helping to make a difference in sustainability. I firmly believe that as stakeholders in this community, we can all make a difference. Renewable energy is key component in Green Sustainability initiatives. Our lithium-ion battery systems that can store energy from solar, wind, regular electricity and gensets can reduce carbon footprint as well as the water footprint (compared to lead-acid storage systems). And our energy block can store energy from 20 Kva/h to 30 MW/h. We, as green citizens of the world can play a role in becoming the green ambassadors in this community. The support from the leadership helps SMEs to meet the challenges in sustainability.


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