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Emirates Green Building Council visits The Sustainable City

Delegation attends Dubai’s first fully integrated sustainable community during World Green Building Week

The Sustainable City was the location for a special visit from Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) recently.

The newly launched development from Diamond Developers, which is Dubai’s first fully sustainable community, hosted higher management from the independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices.

“We were honoured and delighted to receive representatives from EmiratesGBC at The Sustainable City, as the occasion gave us the chance to showcase the latest developments of our integrated sustainable community. It also opened the floor to discuss potential collaboration opportunities that will benefit the environment and provide Dubai’s citizens with sustainable options to enhance the quality of their lives. Diamond Developers is a keen supporter of EmiratesGBC and has been a member of the organisation since 2013,” said Faris Saeed, CEO, Diamond Developers.

EmiratesGBC’s site visit was organised to coincide with the start of World Green Building Week 2015, which runs from September 21-27 under the theme ‘Powering Positive Change.’ The week aims to broaden public conversation of the role that buildings play in creating a sustainable future. The awareness initiative has expanded globally since its inception, with organisations across the world now connecting to promote new standards in sustainable development.

The visit saw a brief introduction being given by Diamond Developers about The Sustainable City followed by a guided tour around the development, which is being constructed around the three pillars of sustainability; social, environmental and economic. The five million square feet project was conceived to be a world-class example of what can be achieved through a commitment to sustainability and features a raft of initiatives to both conserve resources and save money, including energy efficient home design, use of eco-friendly building materials and solar panels placed on the roofs of residential units.

In terms of social living, the development places a priority on nature, green spaces, health, education and recreational activities for its residents, with an emphasis on enabling a sustainable lifestyle that is allied to a strong sense of community.

The Sustainable City’ (TSC) is on course to complete Phase one by Q4 2015. Phase one of the project comprises Five residential clusters of 100 villas each, a community mall, a central green spine, an Equestrian Centre, horse, bicycle, walking and jogging tracks, and all project infrastructural works.

Phase Two of the Sustainable City, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, places a strong focus on education. In addition to its eco-resort and country club, the development will feature a nature-inspired ‘Green School’ from Kindergarten to Grade 8, while research on sustainability including training, workshops and seminars will be undertaken at the Innovation Centre, a major knowledge resource centre established to advance sustainable practices in the built environment through applied research and development. There will also be a Science Museum where students from the school will be encouraged to act as ambassadors for visitors.

“We were extremely pleased to be invited to see the incredible strides that Diamond Developers have made with The Sustainable City, which is striving to be a net zero energy city that offers the very best facilities and amenities to its residents while at the same time preserving the environment. The project is turning a vision of sustainable living in Dubai into a tangible reality and has set a standard for other real estate developers to follow. We are currently working on building on our relationship with Diamond Developers and taking it to the next level,” said Khaled Bushnaq, Vice Chairman, EmiratesGBC