Wafi City cooling plant takes a step up to Gold
Wafi CityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 CityÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢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 ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ already the first building in the Middle East to secure a LEED rating ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ won a Silver Award in the Summer of 2006 and applied to have its status upgraded.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe 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,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â? said Ron Coulter, building services manager for client MKM Commercial Holdings.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢ve since worked on these points and got the documentation together.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â?
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 CouncilÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€?Â¢s LEED Awards, the Alaskan Green Star Awards programme and the Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method (HK-BEAM).