Dubai gets its first LEED certified ‘Green’ Building
Now even Dubai can hold up its head high when it comes to caring for the environment. With the whole Copenhagen summit on, it was high time everyone took energy saving and environment consciousness seriously. The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry is now the first ever building in the Arab region to be globally recognized with green credentials. It has been the first building there to have achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Intelligently planned, the buildings efforts in going eco-friendly include reducing water and energy consumption by approximately 77% and 47% respectively between 1998 and 2008, leading to significant carbon emission reductions and accumulated savings of around seven million. Other efforts include recycling of paper, plastic and other electronic waste and free valet parking for visitors using fuel efficient vehicles.