Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it has won the 2021 US Green Building Council (USGBC) Middle East Leadership Award in recognition for its outstanding efforts in creating a healthier and more sustainable buildings and communities.
The prestigious award was presented to Chamber during a virtual ceremony hosted by USGBC.
Dubai Chamber's headquarters is a prime example of one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly buildings in the Middle East, said the statement from Dubai Chamber.
It has achieved LEED Platinum certification three times over the last 15 years, which is a testament to its commitment towards environmental stewardship, it added.
President & CEO Hamad Buamim said: "This achievement reaffirms Dubai Chamber’s commitment towards sustainability and being a role model for the business community. Our HQ is one of the first buildings in the region to certify under Leed EB O+M followed by Leed Platinum re-certifications over the last few years."
Buamim pointed out that the newly-constructed Dubai Chamber extension building has been designed in line with Leed Building Design and Construction standards at the Platinum level.
It is currently pursuing Leed ARC Parksmart accreditations. The building will use solar PV systems and wind turbines to generate its own power.
According to him, the campus of University of Dubai, an initiative of Dubai Chamber, has also achieved Leed Gold certification for New Construction and Leed Platinum certification for Existing Building Operations and Management following the completion of a solar project.
The university is currently pursuing LEED Zero certification, he added.
Commending the Chambers' achievemnets, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC, said: "Following a difficult year, it is truly inspiring to recognise our green building leaders that have continued their commitment to green building and sustainable communities while adapting to the changing environments around us."
"The 2021 USGBC Leadership Award awardees have improved our world through the power of green building and it is their contributions and work that have helped our communities stay safe and healthy," he added.-TradeArabia News Service