DuBiotech aims for global ‘green’ rating on complex

Research park aims to become the first free zone in the region to achieve the LEED benchmark

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By  Construction Week News Team Published  September 23, 2006

The Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (DuBiotech) is set to become the first multi-building development in the UAE that will meet global environmental benchmarks. It also becomes the first free zone in the region to adopt standards set by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – a leading international rating system for green buildings. Dr Abdulqader Al Khayat, executive director, DuBiotech, said: “Across the world, corporate organisations are waking up to the need to build more sustainable businesses. “It is important that we commit to practices that ensure our infrastructure is environmentally sound. The adoption of such policies is essential to secure our long-term economic development,” he added. According to its new ‘green’ policy, the entire DuBiotech complex, including its headquarters, laboratory buildings and pre-built units will be constructed according to international guidelines of sustainable development. The buildings will be efficient in the use of energy, water, and materials and will have a high-quality indoor environment. The heating and cooling systems, lighting and appliances in the buildings will be highly energy efficient. Air-conditioning tonnage will be reduced with floor units and solar shading. The buildings will also incorporate water-efficient technology. DuBiotech buildings will undergo the LEED certification process, which will involve evaluation of diverse criteria, including energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, sustainable sites and materials, and resources. Once certified, DuBiotech’s complex will be one of the largest ‘green’ buildings in the world. The adoption of ‘green’ practices will bring considerable benefits for DuBiotech. A comfortable and healthy environment will help boost employee productivity. Increased energy and water-efficiency will reduce operating costs. The Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park was announced in February 2005 to create an advanced technical and community infrastructure to accelerate the growth of the life sciences industry in the region. Established under Tecom Investments, DuBiotech’s facilities will be built in phases on a 200ha area close to Dubailand. Infrastructure work has begun and is scheduled for completion by mid 2007.

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