Dubai building hailed for its sustainability

The eco-friendly headquarters of The Change Initiative - a UAE-based sustainability organisation - has broken a world record.Leaders of the US Green Building Council confirmed the property had posted an unrivalled score of 107 under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) sustainability guidelines, beating the previous record of 104.The LEED Platinum index is used to monitor how environmentally-friendly buildings are and the maximum overall rating is 110.It should come as no surprise that The Change Initiative has landed the prestigious accreditation, as the business is centred around encouraging people to live more sustainably. The firm supplies household products, appliances and building solutions that are aimed at reducing harmful carbon emissions.Chief executive and founder of The Change Initative Gundeep Singh said achieving LEED Platinum certification is a proud moment for Dubai and the UAE as a whole."We look forward to working closely with all of our stakeholders and together taking small steps on our journey towards responsible living across the UAE," he remarked.Meanwhile, chairman of the enterprise Loek Malmberg thanked the UAE government for its policy of helping small and medium-sized businesses to flourish."Dubai increasingly understands the importance of introducing more sustainable practices in order to safeguard its long-term prosperity," he commented.There has been a concerted effort from the government and building developers in recent years to ensure Dubai becomes a more eco-friendly emirate.The city is renowned for its massive skyscrapers and record-breaking constructions - and with experts predicting a further 28,000 residential properties to be built this year - it is important the sheikhdom minimises its impact on the environment.Last month, AMEinfo reported that the Dubai Land Department had joined forces with the Arab League to stage the first ever Arab International Sustainable Real Estate Conference in the UAE.Organisers of the event said the fact it was being held in Dubai reflected the city's commitment to promoting sustainability throughout the construction industry.The First Group can help you find superb properties for sale in Dubai

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