Green building, also known as high-performance building or sustainable construction, is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to sustainable building design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.
Green buildings with Improved indoor air quality, positively affect public health improving individual’s quality of life, reducing absenteeism and work hours affected by asthma, respiratory allergies, depression, and stress, and self-reported improvements in productivity.
However, it is worth noting that not all green buildings are – and need to be – the same. Different countries and regions have a variety of characteristics such as distinctive climatic conditions, unique cultures, and traditions, diverse building types and ages, or wide-ranging environmental, economic and social priorities – all of which shape their approach to green building.
Susnomics Engineering Systems, one of the pioneers in Green Building Certification and has been instrumental in certifying some of the most flagship green building management projects in the GCC region.
Susnomics, as the green building consultant, will work closely with our clients to embed a number of features which can make a building ‘green’. These include:
A sustainable building design that enables smart growth, sustainable development, and adaptation to a changing environment.
Susnomics, as a green building consultant, have in the last 5 years successfully worked on 500+ green building management projects across different rating systems – LEED, EHS Trakhees, Estidama, BREEAM among others.
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Rating System, US Green Building Council, USA
LEED 4.1 Communities
LEED V4 & V4.1 Building Design & Construction Certification
LEED V4 & V4.1 Interior Design & Construction Certification
LEED V4 Operations & Maintenance
LEED V4.1 Operations & Maintenance
LEED V4.1 Residential
BREEAM Certification (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), BRE, UK
WELL Rating system, V2, IWBI (International WELL Building Institute), USA
Estidama (sustainability) Pearl Rating System, Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities (DPM), ABUDHABI’, UAE
EHS (Environment, Health and Safety) Green Building Regulation, Trakhees, PCFC (Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Dubai, UAE
Al Sa’fat (date palm fronds) Dubai Municipality Green Building system, UAE
GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System), GORD (Gulf Organization for Research & Development ), Qatar
IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) Green Building Rating System, CII (Confederation of Indian Industry), India
Griha (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), GRIHA Council, India
Green building rating tools – also known as certification – are used to assess and recognize buildings which meet certain green requirements or standards based on a building’s or a construction project’s performance from a sustainability and environmental perspective. Rating tools, often voluntary, recognize and reward companies and organizations who build and operate greener buildings, thereby encouraging and incentivising them to push the boundaries on sustainability. They kick-start the market by setting standards that then in turn elevate the ambition of government building codes and regulation, workforce training, and corporate strategies.
Such ratings aim to improve the overall quality of buildings and infrastructures, integrate a life cycle approach in its sustainable building design and construction, and promote the fulfillment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by the construction industry. Buildings that have been assessed and are deemed to meet a certain level of performance and quality, receive a certificate proving this achievement.
Rating tools vary in their approach and can be applied to the planning and sustainable building design, construction, operation and maintenance, renovation, and eventual demolition phases of a green building. Rating tools can also differ in the type of buildings they are applied to, with specific tools or subsets of tools used for different building types such as homes, commercial buildings or even whole neighborhoods.
Green Building certifications:
optimize building performance and minimize environmental impacts thus fight against Climate Action towards decarbonization of the built environment.
provide a way to quantify a building’s environmental effects
set standards and benchmarks to assess buildings objectively
Some benefits of certifying a building or a property include:
the negative impacts of a building on the environment can be better understood and this knowledge can be utilized to reduce such impacts.
holistic sustainability considerations will be made for the fulfillment of technical, economic, social and functional requirements of the building.
promotes sustainable design and construction principles throughout the building lifecycle.
increases the monetary value of a building or a property in the real estate market.
These type of voluntary or mandatory certifications are pursued in different types of buildings for a variety of reasons. In the public sector, this is often due to government requirements, whilst in the office and retail sectors this is more typically related to improving the company’s public profile and attracting clients. As these certifications are getting progressively more prominent and as the relevant stakeholders are becoming more aware of them, the interest in identifying additional benefits is increasing.
With the principles of green building gaining momentum, more and more Green Buildings Councils (GBCs) are established across the world. In 2002, the World Green Building Council was officially formed to bring all the GBCs under one roof. GBCs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and USA were the founding members. As of 2018-19, there are 69 Green Building Councils under the World Green Building Council organization.
According to the Global Status Report 2017 published by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in coordination with the International Energy Agency (IEA), buildings and construction activities together contribute to 36% of the global energy use and 39% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Through certification, the associated environmental impacts during the lifecycle of buildings and other infrastructures (typically sustainable building design, construction, operation, and maintenance) could be better understood and mitigated. Currently, more than 100 building certification systems exist around the world. The most popular building certification models today are BREEAM (UK), LEED (US), and DGNB (Germany).
The combined effects from growth in environmental legislation and the increasing demand from buyers, tenants, and shareholders to reduce environmental impacts are becoming important and demanding for more sustainable buildings/Green buildings, requiring developers and property managers to both understand and take responsibility for the environmental performance of their facility.
The best way to benchmark and report your building’s sustainability performance is through third-party Certification, which is beneficial for developers, occupants, and the environment.
Green building certification will enhance the facility’s image and establish the stakeholders as leaders in the green building industry. Because sustainable buildings are more positively perceived in today’s market, developers will be able to receive higher sales value.
Green buildings also cost less to operate. They use fewer resources like water and energy and generate less waste, leading to decreased utility costs.
For building managers of offices, green buildings mean more productive places. They have been shown to boost productivity as well as retention. For example, occupants will be exposed to fewer volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the indoor air and the VOC content of materials such as cleaning chemicals. Buildings could otherwise have toxic chemical smells that can distract and even cause employee illness, ultimately impacting employee satisfaction and productivity.
Sustainability certification for schools and healthcare facilities is important for fostering an indoor environment that supports improved air quality and occupant health.
Green building certified buildings reduce stress on the environment. They are more energy and resource-efficient. They generate less waste and lower the use of energy, water, and other resources.
Whether you are applying for Green Building certification for the first time or are looking to increase your current sustainability rating, Susnomics can help.
Susnomics, as the green building consultant, are fully versed in third-party Green Building certification requirements and can help you formulate or enhance your green policies to help you attain your sustainability goals and achieve higher levels of certification.
Feasibility Studies/Gap analysis:
In a green building management project, it is vital for the clients to investigate in depth the feasibility of certification prepared by a professional sustainability consultant. Susnomics, as the green building consultant, will work closely with the Project team to help them analyze the cost implication of the green building measures to be undertaken to achieve the desired level of certification.
The benefits of preparation of a feasibility study enable the client to decide with considerable confidence whether or not the project is feasible and worth pursuing. The completion of the evaluation and the decision to proceed further with the green building management project is a significant milestone in the development.
Facilitation (Leading the green building project coordination, prioritizing client goals, compliance supervision, consultancy, and guidance during sustainable building design, construction, hand over, Scorecard management, transparent reporting)
Once the eligibility of the green building project is established, the immediate task would be to work on the sustainable building design of the green building project to ensure all sustainable building design parameters meet the requirements of the desired rating system.
Our sustainability experts can equip the green building management project teams to ensure that architects, engineers, owners and builders use eco-friendly sustainable building designs effectively and comfortably to get the required credit points enabling the green building project to earn the best level of certification.
Susnomics provides you with the guidance necessary to navigate the green building management project requirements of national and international green building rating systems such as LEED certification UAE, Estidama, BREEAM, WELL, EHS PCFC Trakhees, Al Safat, GSAS, IGBC, Griha etc.
Our facilitation services address all areas of green buildings. Susnomics, as the green building consultant, help you understand how to align your energy goals and practices in order to improve efficiency, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge. We can train your relevant members of staff to understand how continuous energy improvement leads to such a decrease in costs, improved corporate image, energy conservation, and reduced carbon emissions.
Susnomics, as the green building consultant, provides you with all necessary guidance to achieve and document your commitment to meet the requirements of various green building rating systems. We will also review all sustainable building design and construction documents before submission to the designated certification body and will liaise with them on your behalf to obtain the desired green building certification.
In short, by working with us, an organization with a proven track record of independence and sustainability excellence. you will have the convenience of a one-stop high-quality professional green building consultancy service with impartiality to objectively evaluate all relevant technical considerations fulfilling all your green building needs, ensuring a high level of acceptance of your green building management project.
Computer simulations: Energy, lighting
Our sophisticated software and techniques in modeling and simulation helps establish case scenarios of energy use during the building operation. Our computer aided scientific tool for simulating building energy use, considers inputs from the building description including geometry, construction materials, lighting, HVAC, refrigeration, water heating, renewables, and control strategies, thus helping make decisions on possible green measures effectively.
Susnomics’ important role as the building commissioning authority would be a central component to the whole building sustainable building design process as the built environment continues to include more complicated and interdependent systems and owners focus on energy efficiency to keep operational costs down.
Susnomics supports you in assessing the suitability of the equipment, systems, and products which you are planning for your building operations.
Our expert services verify the proper operation of commissioned systems and that the requirements set forth by the owner during the sustainable building design are achieved.
Compliance document controlling, Submission and Coordination with the authorities for certification
Susnomics’ professional document control system, which is among the most critical tools for a successful certification submission in the highly regulated building industry, supports the management of files in compliance with regulations, at every stage of the green building management project lifecycle before Susnomics, as the green building consultant, facilitate communication between your company and the relevant green building council or certification body to help you attain green building certification.
This includes preparing all sustainable building design and construction documents and contracts before submitting them to the relevant certification body ensuring that your commitment to sustainability is well documented according to the requirements.
Summertown Interiors is a commercial interiors facility complex with G+1 Office Building JAFZA, Dubai, UAE. The total built up area of the project is 6000sqft. Summertown Interiors became the first design and turnkey fit-out contractor in the UAE to develop and occupy a LEED Gold Certified interiors for their corporate headquarters at Jebel Ali Free zone, Dubai.
A leading Federal Entity office buildings. There are three building of identical structures, two of them located in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi, are of commercial use with 3B+G+M+3F+RF. Each building has an approximate gross floor area equal to 192,000 sq ft,. The net air conditioned area of the project is approximately 101,000 sq ft. The project are new construction registered for green building rating with the US Green Building Council under LEED-NC 3.0 and One of the building located in Dubai is Certified as LEED Gold. Building Abu Dhabi is targeting for LEED Gold. Another building in Dubai which is currently under construction is targeting LEED Platinum