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DuBiotech pledges sustainability

All buildings in the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) will be built to meet the globally reconised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards

All buildings in the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) will be built to meet the globally reconised Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

The first free zone in the region to adopt such a policy, the entire DuBiotech complex including its headquarters, laboratories and pre-built units will be constructed to the LEED standards. Buildings will be efficient in the use of energy, water and materials and have a high-quality indoor environment. The heating and cooling systems, lighting and appliances will be energy efficient. Air conditioning tonnage will be reduced with floor air conditioning and solar shading.

The buildings will also incorporate water-saving technology. Dr Abdulqader Al Khayat, executive director of DuBiotech commented: "Corporate organisations are waking up to the need to build more sustainable businesses. It is important that we commit to practices that ensure our infrastructure is environmentally sound. The adoption of such policies is essential to secure our long-term economic development."

DuBiotech buildings will undergo the LEED certification process, which involves the evaluation of diverse criteria including energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, sustainable sites and materials and resources. Once certified, DuBiotech's 55,740m2 headquarters complex will be one of the largest green buildings in the world. DuBiotech was launched in February 2005.

It is intended to create an advanced technical and community infrastructure to accelerate the growth of the life sciences industry in the region. Established under Tecom Investments, the facilities will be built in phases on site close to Dubailand. Infrastructure work has begun and is scheduled for completion by mid 2007.

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