DuBiotech’s lab wins Leed certification
Dubai, April 13, 2010
The Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech), a member of Tecom Investments, announced its Nucleotide Laboratory Complex has become the first lab in the region to secure the Leed Silver certification.
The new lab building has incorporated facilities for the improved usage of resources such as water, energy and materials. It also has the capability to mitigate any impact on human health and the environment throughout its lifecycle.
The newly certified lab complex will achieve water savings of approximately 1.5 million gallons or 60 per cent a year compared to a typical building in Dubai, while energy savings will amount to nearly Dh1.2 million or 27.1 per cent a year compared to the ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Code.
To accomplish its ambitious targets, the laboratory complex has incorporated practices such as passive design and solar shading into the building plan. It also aims to creatively utilise foliage and xeriscape gardening as a practical alternative to lawns and for reducing irrigation water consumption.
The lab complex also has a built-in storm water drainage feature that allows the rain water on the site to flow to the ground and preserve the natural local water cycle.
“The new Nucleotide Laboratory complex that has just opened in the DuBiotech free zone, with its 265,000 sq ft of laboratory space conceived to host R&D activities in the life sciences, has been meticulously designed to reduce its environmental impact from all points of view: energy, water, waste, landscape,” stated Dr Marco Baccanti, executive director, DuBiotech.
“The Leed certification just achieved is proof that these efforts have been internationally recognised as effective. DuBiotech has now demonstrated that it is possible to combine high technology research and development with energy savings, lower carbon footprint and better overall controlled environmental impact, without any compromise on the world class quality of the infrastructure.”
Launched in 2005, the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park, has the mission to create the biggest life sciences cluster in the Middle East, adopting a sustainable strategy.-TradeArabia News Service