The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recently secured the 2021 US Green Building Council (USGBC) Middle East Leadership Award for its efforts in creating healthier and more sustainable buildings and communities.
The award was presented to the Chamber during a virtual ceremony hosted by USGBC. Dubai Chamber’s headquarters is a prime example of one of the most efficient and environmental-friendly buildings in the Middle East. The Chamber has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification three times over the last 15 years, which is a testament to its commitment to sustainable projects.
“Dubai Chamber is honored to be named a 2021 USGBC Regional Leadership Award recipient by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This achievement reaffirms the Chamber’s commitment towards sustainability and being a role model for the business community.”
The Chamber’s headquarters building is one of the first buildings in the region to certify under LEED EB O+M followed by LEED Platinum re-certification over the years. Further, the campus of the University of Dubai, an initiative of Dubai Chamber, achieved LEED Gold certification for New Construction and LEED Platinum certification for Existing Building Operations and Management following the completion of a solar project and it is currently pursuing LEED Zero certification.
Mr. Buamim noted that the Dubai Chamber’s extension building has been designed in line with LEED Building Design & Construction standards at the Platinum level. The Chamber is currently pursuing LEED ARC Parksmart accreditations. The building will use Solar PV systems and wind turbines to generate its power.
“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,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC.
The recipients of this year’s award represent some of the best of USGBC’s 10,000 member organizations, a network of committed professionals with more than 106,000 LEED commercial projects in over 180 countries and territories around the world.