DIFC's Gate Avenue awarded LEED Gold Certification
Specialist consultancy, engineering and advisory firm AESG delivered the LEED consultancy services for the project
The Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC), Gate Avenue has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Building Certification.
Gate Avenue was awarded the LEED certification for successfully fulfilling the prerequisites and credits across nine measurements for building excellence from integrative design to human health to material use.
Specialist consultancy, engineering and advisory firm AESG delivered the LEED consultancy services for the project.
Gate Avenue at DIFC spans 2,6570.2m2 of built-up area and is 880m in total length. Gate Avenue links the podium levels of all buildings located in the centre, from The Gate Building to Central Park Towers.
As part of the LEED certification process, the building underwent fundamental and enhanced commissioning for efficiency and performance. Furthermore, materials with high recycled content, including concrete, steel and glass have been installed to reduce embodied carbon emissions.
Gate Avenue at DIFC has already achieved a 24% reduction in energy consumption and a 55% reduction in water consumption.
High occupancy density rooms include CO2 sensors and provide a fresh air supply. All of the landscaping is maintained using recycled water. There is also a provision for bicycles, allowing residents and others working at the centre to cycle to Gate Avenue.
AESG has also supported the project by developing tenant fit-out guidelines, green cleaning management policy and a sustainability educational manual.
Commenting on the sustainablity milestone, director of energy and sustainability at AESG, Phillipa Grant, said: "This LEED Gold certification is a validation of the team’s significant efforts and commitment to ensuring the development is environmentally and socially responsible. It is this shift towards high-performance buildings in the construction sector that will have a lasting and positive impact both now and for generations to come."