The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announced today that the newly constructed U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) was awarded the Gold level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification under LEED for New Construction.
On November 21, 2011, U.S. Ambassador to the UAE Michael Corbin dedicated the new Consulate General, which is located on land generously donated to the United States by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates. The new facility represents a significant commitment by the United States to its presence in Dubai and has allowed the Consulate General to increase the efficiency and accessibility of its services to the public.
The Consulate General is the ninth LEED certified U.S. Diplomatic facility and joins an elite group of buildings worldwide in earning this certification. This facility was designed to reduce energy costs by 22 percent through the installation of a white roof, light-colored façade, and sun shades to reduce solar heat gain. Additional efficiency is gained from solar hot water; daylight harvesting; and variable frequency drives for pumps, fans, and motors. The building is calculated to use 41 percent less water than the performance requirements of EPAct 1992.
An estimated 75 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills through separating cardboard, plastic, wood, and metal scraps prior to recycling the materials.
LEED certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs while increasing asset value, reduce waste, conserve energy and water, maintain a healthier and safer environment for occupants, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
The Consulate General in Dubai was constructed by the design-build contractor B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama and designed by the architectural firm Page Southerland Page of Arlington, Virginia.
OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.