LEED to have definite impact on UAE sustainability

Green efficiency only now being championed properly in the Middle East

LEED will have a major impact on the GCC's approach to sustainability. Picture: Supplied
LEED will have a major impact on the GCC's approach to sustainability. Picture: Supplied

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LEED will have a major impact on the way the UAE and the rest of the GCC approaches sustainability in the future, a leading chiller expert has said, citing past results in the US as an indication.

Forty years ago, the USA introduced the Energy Star programme as part of an initiative to cut down emissions and increase energy efficiency in its buildings, explained Don Eppelheimer, global chiller systems manager at Trane.

“I would say that LEED has made a very definite impact,” he said, “Leadership in energy and environment has done a much better job of displaying to the marketplace, to owners, the value of good engineering for the environment.”

“LEED doesn’t change the technology, what it does is help the owner to evaluate that technology. Whether it’s just using recycled products or using designs that are more water conscious, (LEED can make a difference in the UAE),” Eppelheimer explained.

Furthermore, he said that he thought the need for efficiency has always existed in the Middle East, but that it was only now that it was being ‘championed’ properly.

“From time to time, it’s been the vendor saying, ‘Look at me and look at the efficiency of my product, at other times, it’s been the government who has said that we need to be better at what we do. I think the need for energy efficiency has always been there, but the voice has changed,” he added.

“It’s not a question of determining how good the system can be, it’s a question of determining where you actually are today, and what the faults and shortcomings of the system are, as currently applied.”

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