Abu Dhabi school awarded green certificate
Abu Dhabi, September 9, 2013
Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, a UK-based school, has received the Two Pearl Design Rating Certificate for the extensive energy modelling and development of operational strategies for energy, water and waste management within its premises.
The certificate was awarded by the Urban Planning Council (UPC as part of its Estidama Pearl Building Rating System, said the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi.
Once in operation, the school in Saadiyat, is expected to achieve a reduction in water consumption of over 20 per cent and a reduction in energy consumption of over 35 per cent when compared to a typical school building.
Dr Nathalie Staelens, the head of Environmental Services at TDIC, said: “Our department worked hand in hand with the consultants and developers of the project to ensure that the best environmental practices are applied.”
The international environmental consultancy Hilson Moran was appointed to coordinate the project’s sustainability initiatives and delivering the mechanical, electrical, public health (MEP), fire protection engineering and acoustics designs for the new school.
According to school authorities, the campus itself is focused around the concept of a ‘green village,’ reflecting the structure of the original Cranleigh School. The buildings are strategically positioned around the green landscape to allow the best views towards the coastline and to optimise the benefits from the prevailing wind direction onto the site. - TradeArabia News Service