Wafi City cooling plant takes a step up to Gold

Wafi City’s district cooling plant has become the first building in the UAE to receive a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award.

Wafi City�s district cooling plant has become the first building in the UAE to receive a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award.

The project – already the first building in the Middle East to secure a LEED rating – won a Silver Award in the Summer of 2006 and applied to have its status upgraded.

“We found we were only short of the Gold Award by a few minor points, which were mostly administrative, such as the level of documentation available to prove the sourcing and recyclability of materials,� said Ron Coulter, building services manager for client MKM Commercial Holdings.

“We�ve since worked on these points and got the documentation together.�

Last year, Emirates Green Building Council set up a technical and awards committee with the aim of producing a set of environmental standards specific to the UAE. The committee is undertaking a comparison between the existing benchmarking systems used elsewhere in the world in a bid to facilitate a comprehensive set of benchmarks relevant to the UAE environment.

Systems being examined include the US Green Building Council�s LEED Awards, the Alaskan Green Star Awards programme and the Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method (HK-BEAM).

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