Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a top-tier Islamic financial services institution, announced today that it had been awarded the LEED Pre-Certification for Gold Rating from the US Green Building Council for its proposed new headquarters on Airport Road in Abu Dhabi. The building, which is under construction, will be ready for occupancy in 2013 and will be one of the first to have received such a certification in the UAE.
The new ADIB HQ building has applied best practice design principles. It has concentrated on minimizing energy and water intake and waste output, maximizing recycling and environmental quality. Energy efficiency measures have resulted in cost savings of almost 23.1% and it uses 47.4% less water than a conventional building. Its atrium air conditioning saves 50% energy by utilizing displacement ventilation. The waste recycling strategy plan will provide an estimated saving of 50% yearly on Abu Dhabi Municipality charges.
Tirad Mahmoud, CEO of ADIB said: “We are mindful of the UAE government’s target of a 20% reduction in carbon footprint by 2015. Our new headquarters demonstrate our support which is confirmed by the Gold LEEDS certification. Recognizing innovative construction methods, sustainable use of resources and a design that prioritizes the needs of the wider environment and society, we have demonstrated that we are an environmentally aware bank. We are looking to further reduce the consumption of the bank’s energy, water and consumables as we contribute to the development of an eco-friendly UAE.”
LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Developed and administered by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote design and construction practices, it increases profitability while reducing negative environmental impacts.