Real estate developer DAMAC has become the first company to receive a Green Building Certification from Dubai’s Department of Planning & Development.
The award was made by Trakhees, a regulatory authority and the first to undertake local certification, on the NAIA at Suburbia Jebel Ali hotel apartments, which will open later this year.
The project demonstrated its compliance to Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Sustainability criteria for the built environment, and became the first project to ever be certified ‘green’ under the scheme.
The EHS In-House Green Building certification involves stringent compliance requirements and an exhaustive review process.
“I compliment and thank the developers and the stakeholder community for reposing trust on the EHS and congratulate the team for successfully accomplishing the certification,” said Madiha Salem, director EHS.
“We are indeed proud of the fact that EHS, with the rest of the team, has stood up to the challenges that accompanied this massive task and carved a niche for itself in the arena of sustainable buildings. Green building certification brings with it challenges for operational sustainability and that would be the true test of a performing building.”
NAIA at Suburbia Jebel Ali was shown to use nearly 30% of its materials with recycled content, and had sourced more than 22% of its materials regionally. The project will also achieve an energy saving of more than 22% and 33% savings on potable water use.
“DAMAC Properties is committed to building a lasting, and sustainable environment for our children and it is a great honour to be the first company to be recognised in such a way by the Department of Planning & Development, Trakhees,” said Ziad El Chaar, managing director, DAMAC Properties. “The green building certificate is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our staff and consultants who have worked tirelessly on this exciting project.”
NAIA at Suburbia Jebel Ali is a two-tower luxury furnished serviced apartment development adjacent to Jebel Ali Port. The project provides preferred parking spaces for low-emitting and fuel efficient vehicles, with all on-site parking spaces located under cover.
The incorporation of native adaptive vegetation and highly efficient irrigation design has reduced landscape water demand by 68% while 22% of the roof area is covered with vegetation and 51% is covered with roofing materials with high SRI value (Solar Reflectance Index) which reduces heat island effect.