Dubai hosts most sustainable building: LEED No. 1by CW Staff on Jun 18, 2013
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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