The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has awarded the US Consulate General in Dubai LEED Gold certification, recognising a commitment to the environment in all facets of the building design.
The announcement was made by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), which highlighted that the facility reduces energy costs by 22% through its white roof, light-coloured façade and sun shades.
It uses 41% less water than the performance requirements of US policy and harvests solar energy to heat water.
Variable frequency drives are used for pumps, fans and motors while a further 75% of construction waste was diverted from landfills and recycled.
The Consulate General in Dubai was constructed by US contractor B.L. Harbert International and designed by the US architectural firm Page Southerland Page.