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RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center has become the only structure in Saudi Arabia to receive the highest energy and sustainability certificates from the US Green Building Council.
It received five Energy and Environmental Design Leadership Awards in the Existing Building: Operation and Maintenance category, according to a press release.
The center scored over 80 points in the category, becoming the only building in the Kingdom to earn the platinum certificates.
They were awarded for achieving the highest international sustainability standards in its five community buildings, which total 52,284 square meters.
Upon achieving LEED EBOM platinum certifications, Fahad Alajlan, President of KAPSARC, said that all of these achievements are the result of the work done by his facilities management team.
“This milestone reflects the center’s commitment to climate-conscious development and highlights the progress KAPSARC has made in achieving its sustainability goals,” Alajlan added.
This comes after KAPSARC was certified in 2017 as the largest LEED neighborhood development project in the Middle East.
In 2014 and 2016, KAPSARC received Platinum LEED New Design and Construction certifications, while in 2012 it achieved LEED Gold for Homes, making it the first and largest project outside of America. of the North to receive such a distinction.
The KAPSARC Sustainability Journey
KAPSARC has been working and researching sustainability, environmental protection and energy saving since its launch in 2007.
In 2021, KAPSARC’s waste management program diverted 94% of solid waste from landfills, which was achieved through waste stream audits that eliminated single-use goods and helped develop an effective strategy separation of waste in several stages.
Apart from this, KAPSARC has also reduced the resort’s water consumption by 30% in 2021 by using advanced tools and techniques for indoor and outdoor water use. This includes a weather-based irrigation system in conjunction with a micro-irrigation system, mulching, planting native plants and efficient taps.
In 2021, KAPSARC facilities also reduced their energy consumption by 35%, through annual energy audits that identified and implemented low-cost energy conservation measures.