Oman awarded its first LEED certification
Located 150km from Muscat, the five-star resort Alila Jabal Akhdar has been awarded LEED Silver Certification by the US Green Building Council.
Developed by the Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (Omran), the five-star resort Alila Jabal Akhdar is the first development in Oman to obtain LEED Silver Certification.
Issued through the building design and construction rating system of the US Green Building Council, the resort was recognised for incorporating sustainable practices in its construction and future operation.
Located in the Jabal Akhdar area of Oman, Alila Jabal Akhdar utilises water treatment facilities for irrigation, energy saving lighting and thermal control systems. For the bulk of power generation, the resort employs solar panels capable of providing up to 60% of the energy required.
During construction, the site incorporated a recycling program and a policy of pollution prevention. This was accomplished through the re-use of local building materials.
Commenting on the award recognition, Mark Edleson, president of Alila Hotels & Resorts said, “A sound environment is essential to social wellbeing and business sustainability. We are proud to be partnering Omran in this meaningful quest. At Alila, our vision is to integrate natural conservation, community and commerce hence our green efforts extend to and beyond the operational aspects so that we can make a positive impact on the community - economically, socially and culturally.”
Since its opening in May 2014, the five-star resort comprises of 86 suites of different categories and spaces, and includes spa, restaurants and meeting facilities. It also features indoor and outdoor swimming pools.