The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry added another prestigious award to its list of achievements by winning Best Sustainable Project of the Year Award at the Climate Control Awards 2014 held at the Al Murooj Rotana hotel recently.
The award was presented in recognition of the non-profit organisation’s commitment to green building and the pioneering sustainability initiatives it has implemented at its head office.
Dubai Chamber’s green building initiatives have managed to reduce potable water use and energy consumption per person by approximately 92 percent and 63 percent respectively between 1998 and 2013, leading to accumulated savings of around Dhs21.2 million ($5.8 million).
While the majority of these gains came from simple low cost initiatives, such as turning off the AC and lighting after hours, a number of innovative practices with attractive payback periods were also applied including the using of an in-house designed pony or half-chiller system, ‘free cooling’ of outdoor air during the cooler winter months, using recycled water for toilet flushing and landscaping, using the outdoor fountain as a heat exchanger to cool the server room, and capturing condensate for the fountain and other systems.
Dubai Chamber also encourages its stakeholders, including suppliers, members and contractors, to adhere to the latest standards of health, safety and environment. It does this through its Centre for Responsible Business and also through contracts, trainings, tours, conferences and other means to inspire hundreds more existing buildings to go green.
In recent years Dubai Chamber has won several awards related to CSR and sustainability, including the Saudi Environment Management Award, H20 Water Award from CPI Industry, the Big Project, BGreen Award, CSR Company of the Year Award and Best CSR Project Award.
Dubai Chamber’s head office became the first existing building in the Arab world to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) existing building certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2009. Following more recent renovations of the head office, Dubai Chamber upgraded its LEED certification to Platinum in 2013 demonstrating that existing buildings can achieve the highest green building standards globally in our region when they are renovated in line with the LEED green building framework.
The Climate Control Awards 2014, organised by CPI Industry, honoured successful regional businesses in 12 categories such as Manufacturer of the Year, Project of the Year and Marketing Initiative of the Year.