Alargan HQ becomes Kuwait's first LEED projectby Aby Thomas on Mar 27, 2014
Alargan International Real Estate Company’s headquarters in Kuwait has been awarded the LEED Platinum certification for commercial interiors, making it the first such certification for any project in the country.
Alargan’s building, located in the Argan Business Park in Shuwaikh Free Trade Zone, was awarded the certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
"The LEED Platinum certification is a strong endorsement on our commitment to the highest standards of environmental sustainability and our commitment to strengthen energy efficiency in our headquarters building," said Eng. Khaled K. Al-Mashaan, chairman and MD, Alargan.
"Being the first company to achieve the certification in Kuwait underlines our believed leadership in developing sustainable projects that serve as industry benchmarks,” Al-Mashaan said. “Incorporating the highest standards in sustainable design also highlights our commitment to future generations by creating truly world-class environments that are in harmony with nature and add to the quality of life of the people.”
Among the features of the new building that assist in increased energy use efficiency and all-round environmental sustainability include high-performance glazing to manage exterior heat, energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning systems, energy-savings through lighting control using motion detectors and daylight sensing technology, etc.
The building has also been designed to ensure that nearly 75% of the commonly occupied spaces receive abundant daylight, in addition to thermal comfort and control. Further, the use of low-emitting adhesives, paints, coatings, carpets and furniture improve indoor air quality.
"Alargan International headquarters’ LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Alargan International headquarters serve as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish."
Alargan International Real Estate Company started out as a family owned contracting company in 1994 specializing in the construction of residential projects. Today, the company has grown to become one of the leading residential developers in the GCC, offering a wide array of real estate services.