The Leed certification is a strong endorsement on our green
building leadership, says chairman Khaled K. Al-Mashaan.
Alargan HQ becomes Kuwait's first Leed project
Kuwait, March 17, 2014
The headquarters of Alargan International Real Estate Company in the waterfront Argan Business Park in Shuwaikh Free Trade Zone, has been awarded Leed Platinum certification for Commercial Interiors, marking the first such certification for any project in Kuwait.
The Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The Alargan International Head Quarters building achieved points for Platinum level, the highest rating, for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
“The Leed Platinum certification is a strong endorsement on our commitment to the highest standards of environmental sustainability and our commitment to strengthen energy efficiency in our headquarters building,” remarked Khaled K. Al-Mashaan, the chairman & managing director.
"Being the first company to achieve the certification in Kuwait underlines our believed leadership in developing sustainable projects that serve as industry benchmarks," he stated.
"Incorporating the highest standards in sustainable design also highlights our commitment to future generations by creating truly world-class environments that are in harmony with nature and add to the quality of life of the people," he added.
Among the features of the new building that assist in increased energy use efficiency and all-round environmental sustainability include: High-performance glazing to manage exterior heat, energy-efficient lighting and air conditioning systems, energy-savings through lighting control using motion detectors and daylight sensing technology, water-use reduction through installation of low flow fixtures, a scientific waste management plan, and use of reused, recycled, regional, natural materials in finishes and furniture.
The building has been smartly designed to ensure that nearly 75 per cent of the commonly occupied spaces receive abundant daylight, in addition to thermal comfort and control.
Further, the use of low-emitting adhesives, paints, coatings, carpets and furniture improve indoor air quality, explained Al Mashaan.
Featuring innovative design concepts through Green Power purchase and Green Educational Outreach program, the building uses ergonomic furniture for occupant comfort, and offers excellent views of the seafront. Lush green landscapes and water features add to the aesthetics.
“The Leed certification for Alargan HQ demonstrates its tremendous green building leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, the president, CEO & founding chair of US Green Building Council.
“The urgency of the council’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and Alargan International Head Quarters serve as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish," he added.-TradeArabia News Service