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US consulate in Dubai achieves LEED Gold

Ninth LEED-certified US diplomatic facility cut project waste by 75%

The building has reduced energy cost by over 20% and uses more than 40% less water than required by US policy.
The building has reduced energy cost by over 20% and uses more than 40% less water than required by US policy.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has awarded the US Consulate General in Dubai LEED Gold certification, recognizing a commitment to the environment in all facets of the building design.

The announcement was made by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), which highlighted that the facility was designed to reduce energy costs by 22% by its white roof, light-colored façade, and sun shades, and use 41% less water than the performance requirements of US policy.

The building also harvests solar energy to heat water; and uses variable frequency drives for pumps, fans, and motors. A further 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled.

The Consulate General is the ninth U.S. diplomatic mission to claim LEED certification.

Michael Corbin, the US Ambassador, dedicated the new Consulate General, which is located on land donated to the US by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, VP of the UAE in November.

The Consulate General in Dubai was constructed by US contractor B.L. Harbert International and designed by the US architectural firm Page Southerland Page.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the US government to the host nation and supports its staff in achieving US foreign policy objectives.

One facet of this is to represent the best of American architecture, engineering, technology, and sustainability in construction execution.


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