Leed Gold minimum for all developers in Enpark

Eco-friendly community The Energy and Environment Park (Enpark) has announced the Leed Gold Certification as a minimum requirement for all developers looking to build within it.

Enpark executive director Ali bin Towaih.
Enpark executive director Ali bin Towaih.

Eco-friendly community The Energy and Environment Park (Enpark) has announced the Leed Gold Certification as a minimum requirement for all developers looking to build within it.

The policy makes it the first free zone in the region to implement green-friendly initiatives and is not limited to Enpark's own buildings but also extends to third party projects.

This Sustainable Development Policy focuses on energy and water conservation, in addition to several other green requirements. All buildings within Enpark must be at least 24% more energy efficient than an Ashrae-Iesna 90.1-2004 code building; achieve potable water savings of at least 50% over EPAct 1992 ratings and divert at least 50% of the construction and demolition waste from landfills during the construction stage.

All developers will be encouraged to exceed these minimum criteria.

Enpark executive director Ali bin Towaih said: "Our sustainability ambition is a consolidation of the initiatives that the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (Seed) has implemented over the past two years across all Tecom entities.

Enpark's Sustainable Development Policy demonstrates our aggressive resolve to improve the environmental performance and sustainability of our buildings for the benefit of present as well as future generations."

Other requirements of the policy include the application of renewable energy and the use of salvaged material in construction and fit-outs, as well as the implementation of a Leed compliant comprehensive recycling mechanism by all buildings when operational.

Enpark is working to provide an infrastructure that will assist the sustainability ambitions of each facility in the free zone. The infrastructure targets to incorporate adequate recycling centres, wastewater treatment plant and network that will provide treated water for landscaping purposes and water closets, district cooling network and other green features.

The project aims to utilise solar photo-voltaic powered streetlights and other applications of clean technology.

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