The green building movement as increase all over the world from a North America to china, to the Middle East and Australia. The main reason for this change is the increased of social awareness on environmental issues along with more governmental pressure.
Green building certification programs as LEED have been particularly instrumental to boost of sustainable buildings, emphasizing the benefits of environmental consciousness.
A 240-metre-high, 50-floor, twin tower complex, Bahrain’s World Trade Centre’s most prominent green feature are the three sky bridges which hold each a 225kW wind turbine, adding uo to 675 kW of wind power capacity. The wind turbines are expected to provide 11 per cent to 15 per cent of the towers’ total power consumption, the equivalent to providing the lighting close to 300 homes.
Located at Thuwal, near Jeddah, developers for the university use 38 per cent locally-sourced and 20 per cent recycled materials. The building also uses a chilled beam HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system which uses cold water to remove heat from a room, requiring significantly less energy than conventional air-conditioning and wind towers to create ventilation.
Located at Masdar City, the institute has been behind the engineering plans of the City and it’s at the center of research and development activities. The institute’s building, developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, uses 51 per cent less electricity and 54 per cent less potable water than traditional buildings in the UAE and it is fitted with a metering system that constantly observes power consumption.
QNCC was the first of its kind to be LEED Gold certified in Qatar. Designed by Arata Isozaki in partnership with RHWL Architects, the building is designed to operate efficiently with innovations such as water conservation and energy-efficient fixtures, and it is approximately 32 per cent more efficient compared with other buildings.