31 buildings apply for Leed certification

Tecom Investments, a member of Dubai Holding, yesterday announced it has registered 31 existing buildings that are seeking the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) certification, positioning the UAE at the top spot outside the US in the number of projects pursuing green standards, according to the list of registered projects on usgbc.org.

Registering a project is the first step towards earning Leed certification from the US Green Building Council, enabling Leed Accredited Professionals to guide developers to successfully achieving the certification.

Ali bin Towaih, executive director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (Seed) of Tecom Investments, said: "Dubai is experiencing a major shift in attitudes towards commercial development. Tecom Investments has played an instrumental role in engineering this shift, consistently providing outstanding business facilities and services as well as a convenient and pleasant environment for business partners to function seamlessly.

While Tecom Investments is a knowledge-based corporation with the largest number of existing building projects pursuing Leed certification in the region, we continue to demonstrate our commitment towards endorsing sustainable development in the region that will make our developments more energy and water efficient, resource efficient and attach a certain level of responsibility to our developments. We have progressed well in this project and are on target to complete the certification on time."

To date, Tecom Investments has 46 projects seeking Leed certification, including the 31 existing buildings as well as new developments that are either under construction or undergoing interior works.

Each entity under the Tecom Investments umbrella currently boasts at least one building that is pursuing a Leed certification.