TRA Abu Dhabi building achieves Gold LEED certification

ABU DHABI – The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that its building in Abu Dhabi has achieved the Gold Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, issued by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The LEED is an international system for measuring the design, construction and operation of high-operational, green buildings. It evaluates the impact and performance of any facility, taking into account several elements such as site selection, energy saving, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emissions, improved internal design environment, and others. The buildings that receive this certificate are classified into 3 levels according to their application of the required standards: Platinum, Gold and Silver.

In this context, Mohammed AL Kitbi , Acting Deputy Director General of support services sector, said: “We, in TRA, are committed to implementing the UAE environmental protection strategy, preserving natural resources, and reducing the impact of carbon footprint and global warming. The report issued by the Green Building Council indicates that TRA Abu Dhabi building is an example of implementing sustainability standards, and presents a leading example of major development in the construction sector. We emphasize that the conservation of natural resources is a joint task not only for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, but also a national duty that we as individuals and institutions must strive to achieve with utmost seriousness.”

He added: “These efforts are aimed at strengthening the UAE’s position on the map of countries concerned with the health of its citizens. The Green Buildings project, which is based on modern and advanced technologies, including ICT, is part of the Smart City Project, which is the main address and the most prominent measure of peoples’ development.”

Furthermore, the UAE is a founding member of the World Green Building Council, which was established in 1999 in California, with representatives of only 8 countries. The Council’s establishment was formally announced in 2002.

Source: Emirates News Agency