28,000sqft, 880m long retail project recognised across nine measures for building excellence.

Dubai International Financial Centre’s (DIFC) Gate Avenue has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold accreditation from the US Green Building Council and Green Building Certification.

Gate Avenue was awarded the certification for successfully fulfilling the pre-requisites and credits across nine measurements for building excellence, ranging from integrative design to human health to material use.

Director of Projects, Louise Collins, said ‘During the full design engineering of this project, WME ensured the requirements of LEED gold (provided by our partners AESG) were implemented in a way that provided long term efficiencies and return on investment to our client. It’s great to see it finally getting a certified recognition as a delivered project.”

The building underwent fundamental and enhanced commissioning for efficiency and performance. Furthermore, materials with high-recycled content, including concrete, glass and steel have been installed to reduce embodied carbon emissions.

High-occupancy density rooms include CO2 sensors to provide a fresh air supply, while all of the landscaping utilises recycled water.

Spanning a built-up area of 28,000sqft and 880m of total length, Gate Avenue at DIFC features more than 200 leading lifestyle, retail, art, fashion, food and beverage brands, and a modern grand mosque. It also links the podium levels of all buildings located in the Centre, from the Gate Building, to Central Park Towers.

Provisions have been made for bicycles to allow local residents and people working in DIFC to cycle to Gate Avenue, while open space on the top floor of the building has been provided.

On the key achievement, DIFC Property Management CEO Saleh Al Akrabi said: “We are proud that Gate Avenue at DIFC has been awarded the prestigious LEED Gold Certification. Providing world class sustainable infrastructure, which includes Gate Avenue forms part of DIFC’s commitment to becoming the region’s most sustainable financial centre.”

“We look forward to continuing to build a more sustainable and resilient Centre for our community of more than 25,000 professionals and for all those who visit for business and leisure,” he noted.

Content Source: MEConstruction