17 June 2013 — Dubai’s known for having the biggest, the tallest, the most opulent. Now it can add greenest to its list. The Change Initiative, a 4000-square metre sustainability store, has secured the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council.
The building scored 107 out of the 110 available LEED points, according to Gulf News, making it the most sustainable commercial building in the world, and taking the record from Grocon’s Pixel building in Melbourne, which scored 105 points.
“We have achieved a pinnacle of being sustainable around the world and in a place that is completely paradoxical,” TCI Founder and CEO Gundeep Singh told Gulf News. “Most people believe that Dubai cannot be sustainable or is less sustainable. But we’ve proven that if Dubai can build the tallest, the biggest, then it can also build the most sustainable building.”
The one-year-old TCI building incorporates a range of technologies including solar panels, heat-reflective paint and windows, recycled water and mostly recycled interior materials.
The building operates as a space to demonstrate sustainable alternatives to many products on the market, and markets to consumers as well as business and government clients. It has prominent US environmental campaigner Robert F Kennedy Jr as a director.
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