Green Building Consultancy / Sustainability Advisory

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At GE3S, we have a strong sustainable program in place creating green design solutions thus entailing benefits on various fronts, including:

Green Building Consultancy / Sustainability Advisory

  1. Estidama
  2. LEED
  3. QSAS
  4. Carbon Foot Printing
  5. Sustainability Report Writing
  • Environmental: Structures built on the sustainable design model place minimal impact on the environment. This is accomplished through the prudent use of resources and by deploying systems for recycling and renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind energy
  • Economic: Sustainability principles integrated early within the design, offer improved life cycle costs as compared to conventional buildings due to reduced maintenance and replacement. Additional cost savings are obtained through the use of recycling systems and renewable energy sources.
  • Social: The availability of improved air quality and natural light helps boost employee morale and productivity.

Reduced strain on resources increases the availability of those resources within the

  • Feasibility Studies for “Green” certifications
  • Gap Analysis
  • Energy Simulations
  • Energy efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Design Innovation
  • Registration of projects for LEED accreditation
  • Facilitating LEED accreditation
  • Specific eco-systems and geographical regions.

 Sub Services

Estidama

Estidama means ‘sustainability’ in Arabic and is the sustainability initiative of the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The foundation for Estidama was created in 2007 in the form of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030 which aimed to define how a contemporary, sustainable Arab Capital should look and how it could live. Since then two other significant areas have been applied in the form of Plan Al Ain 2030 and Plan Al Gharbia 2030.
Estidama establishes a clear vision for sustainability as the foundation of any new development. This commitment is a reflection of the values and ideals of an ever developing nation.

Estidama Mandatory Requirements

In May 2010, announcement was made of the Executive Council’s approval of the Pearl Rating System for Estidama.

GE3S experience team provides a range of support services and studies to help developers, architects, planner and designers to achieve a targeted Pearl Rating under the Estidama Sustainable Buildings system (Governed by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council).

Estidama promotes a new mindset for the construction industry with a distinctive framework for measuring sustainability performance beyond the usual planning and construction phases. a holistic framework to assure that sustainability is continually addressed through four key pillars: environmental, economic, social and cultural.

GE3S Estidama support services include but not limited to:

• Natural Systems Assessments,
• Developing Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP)
• Preparing Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan ( CDWMP)
• Providing UPC certified Pearl Qualified Professional
• Estidama training on site to achieve desired Pear Rating System
• Sustainable material Procurements
• Design & Construction stage document submission
• Assisting clients during constructing stage audits

GE3S collaboratively work with project teams, through workshops and design reviews, to embed sustainability measures into a project.

LEED

LEED is a voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated.

GE3S Approach for LEED Certification

New building construction and operation environmental rating systems, such as LEED, are being increasingly adopted by developers across the world due to the multitude of benefits of achieving LEED certification, which includes; recognition for environmental stewardship, increased marketability of the development and reduced operational costs over a developments lifecycle.

GE3S’s experienced staffs are well versed in the practical and cost effective application of LEED in the unique climate and context of the various part of world. Team’s experience and the lessons learned from the process is extremely valuable when assisting project teams in achieving the desired LEED rating in the most effective manner.

GE3S work closely with project teams to optimize designs to achieve high levels of sustainability in the most cost effective and value adding manner for the project. We also provide all necessary specialist studies and strategies that may be required to achieve LEED compliance. This provides Clients with a single point of contact to manage all aspects of LEED certification. As an individual professionals have worked on a number of prestigious projects in the region that have met LEED standards. When choosing GE3S, Clients benefit from a multidisciplinary team of regional architects, engineers, environmental specialists and energy modellers that all specialize in sustainability and understand the LEED rating system.

QSAS

We work closely with the whole team to integrate QSAS and sustainable design strategies into the process beginning in conceptual design through operations and maintenance. The aim of the Qatar Sustainability Assessment System (QSAS) is to create a sustainable built environment that minimizes ecological impact while addressing the specific regional needs and environment of Qatar. GE3S offer a full range of supplementary modeling services such as energy/carbon analysis, renewable energy studies, natural ventilation, day lighting, solar, CFD etc.

We are able to provide sustainable design guidance integrated with QSAS assessment to substantially optimize energy and environmental performance.

Our full package of QSAS services include:

• Feasibility Assessments
• Facilitation
• Technical Reviews
• Project Management
• Credit Documentation
• Sustainability Research
• Assessment of up to 30 credits.

Carbon Foot Printing

A carbon footprint is the total set of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organization, event or product. It is the measure of the environmental impact of a particular individual or organization’s lifestyle or operation. It is usually expressed in tons of carbon dioxide equivalent CO2-eq., which accounts for the different global warming effects of other greenhouse gases. The method used for calculating carbon footprints is life cycle assessment (LCA) which is also referred as the ‘cradle-to-grave’ approach. It takes into account energy inputs and emission outputs throughout the process or product. The carbon foot printing consists of three types of scopes. Direct emissions/scope 1 is the greenhouse gas emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the reporting organization. Indirect emissions/scope 2 is greenhouse gas emissions from imported power, electricity and heating or cooling. Scope 3 is an optional reporting category that allows for the treatment of all other indirect emissions.

The steps involved in carbon foot printing are as follows:
• Decision on the method/procedure/standard to be followed
• Identification of organizational and operational boundaries
• Collection of data
• Verifying the results
• Credit Documentation
• Device a strategy to reduce emission
• Verify the actions to reduce the emission

Carbon footprinting can be done for one time or can be repeated every year. But the initial CFP is kept as benchmark and CFPs thereafter are carried out to verify the results and the credibility of the actions taken to reduce the CFP from the previous year. The choice of the inventory boundary depends on the characteristics of the company, the intended purpose of information, and the needs of the users. The factors that should be considered when choosing an inventory boundary are organizational structures, operational boundaries and business context. Identification of organizational and operational boundary goes a long way in the successful conduct of a carbon footprint.

Reporting a minimum of scope 1 and scope 2 emissions is required for GHG protocol corporate standard and the ISO standards. A carbon footprint report based on GHG protocol corporate standards consists of a) Required Information and b) Optional Information. Required information is a public GHG emissions report that is in accordance with the GHG protocol corporate standard, which includes description of the company with inventory boundary and information on emissions. Optional information is a public GHG emissions report should include the following additional information (if applicable) such as information on emissions and performance and information on offsets.

Sustainability Report Writing

Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR) focuses on the broad challenges that businesses face today, known as the “triple-bottom-line” which includes social, environmental and economic issues. Companies are increasingly looking at Sustainability as one of the most important challenges facing their business and also as an opportunity to build competitive advantage.

In the next few years, companies will grapple with the execution challenges of meeting Sustainability goals. Successful execution of complex Sustainability initiatives will have a profound transformational impact and will influence the entire ecosystem including clients, employees, partners, suppliers, local communities and society at large. We assist organizations in putting in place the necessary structures to monitor and report on sustainability performance. This includes advisory on how to develop a sustainability reporting framework, developing data templates, writing of the report sections, and assistance with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) application.

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