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Omani mixed-use project wins Leed Gold certification

MUSCAT, June 11, 2019

Oman-based S&T Real Estate said its mixed-use iconic development, Water-Front, has been awarded the Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.

Offering over 25,000 sq m of leasing space for commercial, business, retail and food and beverage (F&B) outlets, the Water-Front is a mixed-use development located in the heart of the diplomatic district of Muscat.

It brings together five storey of commercial, leisure and entertainment avenues to Oman, with a stunning landscape and ocean front.

Working in partnership with Muscat Municipality, Water-Front offers state-of-the-art public spaces that meet the city's standards for public realm design.

It connects the building and external seating areas to tree-lined walkways, landscaped squares and popular public beaches. It is created as a sustainable community gathering space.

The Leed rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost programme for recognising best-in-class building strategies and practices in green building.

Water-Front achieved Leed Gold certification for the Core and Shell Development with a commendable rating of 74 points.

On the big win, S&T Group vice chairman Waqas Al Adawi said: “We are honoured to receive the Leed Gold certification for the project and we really appreciate that the US Green Building Council has recognised our efforts in environmental protection, energy-efficiency and sustainability."

One of the leading diversified business conglomerates in Oman, S&T Investment Holding has operations in 15 countries including Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

"This is a testament of our commitment to creating a sustainable environment and implementing green practices," he stated.

USGBC's president and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam said: "Leed certification identifies Water-Front as a showcase example of sustainability and demonstrates leadership in transforming the building industry."

The Leed Core and Shell rating system is designed to meet the needs of commercial property development projects, he stated.

This rating system addresses the sustainability of base building elements including the site selection, mechanical and electrical systems, plumbing, fire protection, and building envelope, he added.  

According to him, the core Leed certification features include construction activity pollution prevention plan, construction waste management, recycled material use, use of regional materials, certified wood-design and procurement.

Other sustainable features incorporated are water-efficient indoor flush and flow fixtures, elimination of CFC(s), energy efficient and eco-friendly equipment, improved façade/envelope design, energy efficient light, daylight control and occupancy sensors, demand controlled ventilation system, he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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