Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall has been awarded the Estimada 2 Peal Rating by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), for exceeding the minimum mandatory sustainable design requirements set out by the initiative.
Designed by Dewan Architects & Engineers, Reem Mall has been designed to minimise overall energy use, with wall, roof and glazing having been carefully studied and designed with high-efficient insulation and high performance materials.
Another key consideration for the project was the water consumption, solved through the use of energy-efficient water irrigation systems and appliances which have been incorporated into the design.
A minimum of 70 per cent of the waste generated on site will be recycled, and 20 per cent of materials will be procured from sources within 500 km of the site, reducing the travelling distance and related air pollution.
“The Reem Mall project is well-deserving of its Estidama 2 Pearl Design Rating, as the project comprehensively illustrates the integration of the pillars of Estidama, factoring in such components as water, energy, waste management and local material use.
“By achieving a 2 Pearl Design Rating, Reem Mall has exceeded the minimum mandatory 1 Pearl Design Rating requirement for privately funded developments, and we will continue the offer support to the project team as the project progresses with its construction in order to ensure that commitments made for the Design Rating are achieved,” said Mohamed Al Khadar, executive director, Urban Development & Estidama Sector, UPC.
Once completed, Reem Mall will bring a wide range of unique family-focused retail, leisure and entertainment offerings to residents and visitors of the capital. Home to the world’s biggest indoor snow play park, the development is set to include some 450 stores including 85 food and beverage outlets. The mall will be well positioned on Al Reem Island, with easy access to and from the mainland and ample parking space.
With construction underway, the mall is expected to open in 2018.