The Jordan GBC is excited to announce that the World Health Organization (WHO) building in Jordan was awarded the LEED Gold Certificate Ver 2.2 as a first LEED gold certification in Jordan.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program was developed by the US Green Building Council and is a program that provides standards for green building. The LEED assessment takes into consideration everything from materials used, to water efficiency and the sustainability of the site. The Gold LEED Certification is the second highest level of certification that a building can receive.
The World Health Organization partnered with Engicon to design this modern and innovative building. Engicon was responsible for "the architectural, structural and electromechanical designs, interior design, preparation of tender documents, and supervision of services". Engicon worked alongside the contractor NACE and Green buildings and energy efficiency consultant Energy Management Services Int. (EMS) to successfully complete this project. Engicon CEO, Tarek Zuriekat, emphasized that, "environmental stewardship has always been a cornerstone of our company's business approach".
The WHO shares the building with the Regional Center for Environmental Health Activities (CEHA). The building is four stories tall, 3,900 square meters and is located in Amman.
Over 45% of the materials used for construction were regional/local materials and throughout the construction process, builders converted 78% of the construction wastes from the landfill. The WHO focused on reducing pollution and waste throughout the entire building process.
Here at Jordan GBC we hope that this innovative building will serve as an example and model for future buildings in Jordan and around the region and we are excited to see the WHO take a part in leading this new generation of green building.