Diamond Developers has announced the launch of ‘The Diamond Innovation Centre,’ a dedicated facility designed to advance progress in the field of sustainability.
Announced in line with the UAE Innovation week 2015, the new initiative is part of The Sustainable City – the region’s first fully integrated sustainable community has been established to explore and promote the best ideas around the safeguarding of important natural resources.
The first institution of its kind in the UAE, The Diamond Innovation Centre will facilitate the study of environmentally-friendly and renewable practices and forms a major component of The Sustainable City’s offerings. Established to be a world-class knowledge resource institution that promotes best practices in sustainability through applied research and development, The Diamond Innovation Centre will host innovative study programmes, provide professional training and be at the forefront of formulating international standards and measurements.
Faris Saeed, CEO, Diamond Developers, said: “The Diamond Innovation Centre is a groundbreaking new centre that marks the start of a new era in the field of sustainable studies in the region. There is a great deal to be done to head the Middle East towards an environmentally sustainable future and this facility has been set up to lead the way by addressing both regional and global challenges. We are delighted to be at the forefront of what is an exciting time for sustainability with our new Diamond Innovation Centre.”
Among the solutions that The Diamond Innovation Centre will accomplish are the research for new sustainable approaches to elevate The Sustainable City’s role in the educational sector and to develop a reputation for the provision of premium training courses, sustainability consulting services and sustainability exhibitions and conferences. It also intends to provide scholarships to students in universities and to arrange reciprocal study programmes with other similar centres.
“The Diamond Innovation Centre will showcase the latest global advancements in the field of sustainability as well as offer consulting services to both students and industry professionals looking to further their knowledge in the sustainability industry. The Centre will be the first negative lifecycle footprint building in the region, over its 50-year lifespan, the building will produce 140% of its energy requirements, covering its operational consumption while offsetting its manufacturing, construction and demolition carbon emissions,” added Saeed.
The Diamond Innovation Centre is one of the central components of Phase Two of The Sustainable City, which has been designed around the three pillars of sustainability; Economic, Environmental and Social. The facility will have a smart control room, which will monitor the city’s performance and strive to enhance its functions and operations. Also included in The Sustainable City’s second phase, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, is an eco-resort, a country club, a green school and a science museum.