Etihad Rail gets pearl rating for seven buildings
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network will span approximately 1,200 km across the Emirates, providing both freight and passenger services
Etihad Rail, the developer and operator of the UAE's $11bn national rail network, has been awarded the Estidama 2 Pearl Construction Rating by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) for seven sustainable buildings at its depot in Mirfa, Al Gharbia.
The 2 pearl Estidama Construction Rated Etihad Rail facilities range from maintenance buildings and operational facilities to administration and communications centres.
The score is recognition of the sustainability commitments made from the project design phase until final test and commissioning inclusive of the construction phase.
The achievements highlighted by the UPC include resourceful energy saving – including a 31% energy saving of at one of the administration facilities – and water saving initiatives, resulting in more than 10% reduction in potable water consumption for all the buildings surveyed.
In addition, the project exceeded the minimum recycling target, with more than 80% of non-hazardous demolition and construction waste collected, transported and disposed to reduce the long-term environmental impacts.
“Etihad Rail is committed to environmental sustainability and to supporting Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. We are very proud to say today that our commitment and efforts have led to Etihad Rail attaining the 2 Pearl Rating for seven buildings at our Mirfa depot,” commented Eng Faris Saif Al Mazrouei, CEO, Etihad Rail.
HE Falah Al Ahbabi, director general, UPC, said “Etihad Rail is a critical component in achieving the urban growth as per Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. It will provide a comprehensive network across Abu Dhabi, the wider UAE and eventually the GCC region, providing a sustainable transit solution for passengers and freight."
"The UPC is very pleased to award 2 pearls to these seven buildings. This collaboration reflects the strategic relationship between UPC and Etihad Rail, which began at the very early stages of its establishment. We look forward to working with Etihad Rail on all relevant fields to achieve Abu Dhabi’s urban vision.”
Upon completion, the Etihad Rail network will span approximately 1,200 km across the Emirates, providing both freight and passenger services.
The construction rating – awarded to Etihad Rail – ensures that the commitments made for the design rating have been achieved. The rating also requires that all collateral, branding and communication materials identify the project as a pearl construction rated project.