The certification is in the category of Building Design and Construction, and was awarded by the US Green Building Council.
ADNOC’s new headquarters, located on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, uses more than 4m3 of recycled grey water and air conditioning condensate water to flush toilets and irrigate locally sourced plants, according to UAE state news agency, WAM.
The building’s orientation and mechanical systems are reportedly designed to consume 24% less energy than the global baseline standard. LED lighting has also been installed throughout the building to reduce electricity consumption, while advanced air quality monitoring and filtration equipment ensures pollutant-free air for employees.
More than 75% of the waste produced on site during the construction of the building was diverted from landfill and recycled by segregating materials at source. Nearly a quarter of the building is constructed from recycled materials and 69.85% of timber used came from managed renewable sources.
Rashed Saud Al Shamsi, business and commercial support director of ADNOC, said: “We are very proud to have received this certification, which is a testament to ADNOC’s commitment to sustainable practices, and affirms our commitment to not just building green but also living green.”
Although the initiation of the project preceded the development of Abu Dhabi’s own green building initiative, the Estidama Pearl Rating System, the ADNOC HQ is said to be one of the region’s first major projects to drive the sustainable building agenda from the start of the design to the completion of construction, and into operations and maintenance.
Contrasting with the many twisting, turning shaped buildings in the capital of the UAE, new headquarters embodies a “less is more” philosophy, say architects HOK.
The exterior frame of the 75-story tower is clad in granite to convey a sense of permanence to reflect the firm’s ethos, according to the design team.