Abu Dhabi oil company's HQ nets LEED gold
The Abu Dhabi National Oil headquarters on Abu Dhabi's Corniche has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification in the category of building design and construction.
The facility uses more than 4,000 liters of recycled grey-water and AC condensate water to flush toilets and irrigate locally sourced plants, reports Middle East North Africa Financial Network. The building's orientation and highly efficient mechanical systems are designed to consume 24 percent less energy than the global baseline standard.
LED lighting is also used throughout the building to reduce electricity consumption. Advanced air quality monitoring and filtration equipment ensures high quality pollutant free clean air for employees.
The interior of the headquarters was designed to stimulate creativity and critical thinking in a nurturing and supportive environment that inspires people to innovate and deliver results. Business floors are laid out to facilitate dialogue and communication throughout the day among team members.
At 342 meters high and 65 floors, it is the second tallest building in Abu Dhabi and the 19th tallest office building in the world. It has the highest helipad in the Middle East and the second highest in the world.
More than 75 percent of the waste produced on site during the construction of the building was diverted from landfill and recycled by segregating material at source. Nearly a quarter of the building is constructed from recycled materials and 69.85 percent of timber used came from managed renewable sources.
Although the initiation of the project preceded the development of Abu Dhabi's own green building initiative, the Estidama Pearl Rating System, the headquarters is one of the region's first major projects to drive the sustainable building agenda from the start of the design to the completion of construction, and on into operations and maintenance.
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