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Who’s the greenest of them all? In pictures: UAE’s environmentally friendly buildings

As World Environment Day (June 5th) close approaches, Kipp looks at some of the UAE’s green buildings.

June 3, 2012 10:00 by

  • The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industries

    Location: Deira Creek, Dubai

    Year of construction: 1995

    Highlights: The Dubai Chamber earned LEED Certificate Existing Building 2.0 from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2009 – it was the first to achieve this international green building certification in the Arab world and fourth outside of North America. The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industries building’s condensate capture (first installed in 2004) saves approximately 850,000 liters a year. In order to reduce lighting loads, the building uses CFL and LED lights. And by reducing chilled water circulation the building is able to save 100,000 Kwh per year.


    Location: Airport Road, Abu Dhabi

    Year of construction: Under construction (Due to be completed in 2013)

    Highlights: ADIB has secured LEED Gold pre-certification from the US Green Building Council.

    So what, apart from all the money in the bank, makes this building so green? (See what we did there?).For one thing the atrium air conditioning has resulted in energy cost cuts of 50 percent through the use of displacement ventilation. The water-efficient systems of the building have led to 47.4 percent reduction in water usage over a traditional building. In addition, the building will also incorporate a waste recycling system which should result in annual savings of 50 percent on Abu Dhabi Municipality charges.



    Location: Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi

    Year of construction: 2010

    Highlights: Standing at approximately 120 meters, this spherical structure was built with recyclable materials including glass, steel and concrete and the construction has employed the use of prefabricated elements to reduce waste creation. The lighting system has a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, or more than five years of continuous use. As an alternative to the more breakable neon glass lighting, the Tetra Contour LED system is weather resistant.

  • Seimens Middle East Headquarters

    Location: Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

    Year of construction: Due to be complete in late 2012

    Highlights: This LEED-hopeful Siemens headquarters in Masdar City has been awarded the coveted 2012 MIPIM future projects award.  The building has an inner highly-insulated, airtight facade designed to reduce thermal conductivity, a lightweight aluminum external shading system which minimizes solar gain while maximizing day lighting and views from the building.

    The office floor plates enable each of the floors to be subdivided into a combination of various space sizes and therefore creates flexibility for the building to be re-modelled over time to accommodate between one and 32 tenants.

  • Pacific Controls Building

    Location: Dubai Techno Park, Dubai

    Year of construction: 2005

    Highlights: The first platinum rated building in the Middle East and that is not all. This building has won two international awards—one at Boston in June 2007: as the Extreme Office Building in the worldDigie Award and the Best Intelligent Building in the World in Chicago Buildcon 2007. So what is all the hype about? How does water efficient equipment, solar-thermal air conditioning, high-efficiency chillers and solar photovoltaic for building lighting sound? Yes, it sounded like that to us too.



  • ABN AMRO Bank (now known as the Royal Bank of Scotland)

    Location: Dubai Outsource Zone, Dubai

    Year of construction: 2007

    Highlights: The building bagged the first LEED gold rated Commercial Interiors Project in Dubai and the Middle East in 2008. To date, it is the Largest Project to be LEED certified.

    The use of extensive resource conservation measures by the building have helped in gaining more than 43 percent energy savings and more than 32 percent savings on water.

  • Metito’s headquarters

    Location: Dubai Techno Park, Dubai

    Highlights: In 2008, Metito’s headquarters was certified as the first green building in the Middle East to receive the Gold LEED Certificate after having met green building standards, such as sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.


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1 Comment

  1. Mohamed Zaggar on April 22, 2012 7:16 am

    You skipped the Masdar Institute campus in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, inaugurated in 2010 and considered a model of green sustainable buildings in the UAE and the region.


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