Msheireb building gets LEED certification

Posted on 29th April 2015

Qatar’s leading sustainable developer Msheireb Properties said it has achieved Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum status for its new building located at its flagship development Msheireb Downtown Doha.

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Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation and Qatar’s leading sustainable developer, has achieved the certification for its Diwan Annex building. Certified by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) under the Leed Core & Shell Version 2.0, the Diwan Annex has met and, in some areas, surpassed all requirements in achieving Platinum Certification, said a statement from the company.

To receive the certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for their project, it added.

CEO Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi said: "Leed stands for green building leadership and is transforming the way we think about how buildings and communities are designed, constructed, maintained and operated across the globe."

"This certification is one of many we have planned for this exciting development right here in the heart of Doha. This is the first out of 59 targeted Leed building projects, 37 for homes projects and a neighbourhood development project at Msheireb Downtown Doha, making it the world’s highest concentration of Leed buildings," he stated.

"This further demonstrates our solid commitment to Qatar’s National Vision 2030 to ensure there is harmony between economic growth, social development and environmental protection," he added.

According to him, Msheireb Downtown Doha is billed to be the world’s first 'sustainable community.'

With more than 100 buildings targeting Leed Gold and Platinum rating, it will be home to the world’s highest concentration of Leed buildings in the world, he noted.

At Diwan Annex, the major green credentials include an energy performance and verification plan, rain water recovery, and onsite energy generation through photovoltaic (PV) panels.

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