LG buildings win top ‘green’ grades
Manama, November 9, 2011
LG Electronics has been awarded the prestigious Leed Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institution (GBCI) for the LG Building facilities in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai.
The company is the first in the Middle East to receive such an award for multiple buildings like warehouses and offices, a statement from LG said.
LG’s achievement was also acknowledged with a special appreciation certificate from EHS, the regulatory arm of Trakhees – Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation, Government of Dubai.
The LG Building was constructed to be environmentally friendly indoors as well as outdoors. Benefits include 21.5 per cent energy savings, 31.8 per cent potable water savings, and a 91.7 per cent diversion of construction waste from landfills, the company said.
The LG Building integrates energy conservation measures through its high performance building envelope insulation, and efficient AC units, fans, and motors, PV Solar panels and LED lighting. It also uses building finishes with low VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants, it said.
LG Electronics Gulf FZE incorporated several green features in the LG Building. LG used its own LED lighting system, reducing the power consumption. Occupancy sensors are installed in all meeting rooms and corridors to save energy by automating light-switches.
LG implemented its flagship product, the Multi-V Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) AC System which was highly commended by the US Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institution. The high COP figures of 4.3 and Zero ODP refrigerant R-410A made it easy for LG to earn major points in the Energy and Atmosphere category. Their Multi-V VRF enabled improved energy efficiency by allowing occupants to air condition or heat only the zones in use. The building also includes a 30 kW on-grid solar photovoltaic system, the company said.
Dharmesh Sawant, Senior Manager - Commercial AC at LG Electronics, said: “LG is listed in Estidama as a compliant villa product and is helping many stakeholders meet the Estidama credits for their projects with the help of Multi-V. We have already supplied around 25000 TR of Multi-V units in the GCC region.”
“Beyond producing energy efficient products, LG is looking to play a leading role in reducing its carbon footprint and act as a corporate model. We believe responsible companies must contribute to sustainable growth by minimizing the environmental impact caused by their business activities, and the LEED Gold Certification is an acknowledgement of our efforts,” said H S Paik, president of LG Electronics Gulf FZE. – TradeArabia News Service