It is a requirement of the project briefing document that each site is to incorporate sustainable technologies within their design in order to reduce energy consumption in line with global measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
As a measure of applying appropriate sustainable measures it was a requirement that Al Zeina could achieve a minimum silver rating under the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) system. The aim was to deliver a showcase development and example of best practice in Abu Dhabi which would set the standards for future development in the city.
There is usually a cost implication associated with sustainable technology and this needs to be recognized at the onset of any project by both the Client and the Contractor. However, through careful design and selection of equipment, payback periods can be reduced and the systems then provide financial as well as environmental benefits.
Source: University of Gävle
Author: Salehi, Farshid