Sustainable Building Design and Certifications

At Dar, our understanding of sustainable design extends beyond the environment to build smarter and more efficient built environments. Our professionals work closely with our clients to provide them with practical and specific solutions that increase occupant comfort and productivity, reduce the environmental footprint of developments, and increase building efficiency and flexibility.

Our teams strive to integrate sustainability into every stage of design and construction. They are experienced in designing high-performance buildings, and have a proven track record in coordinating and facilitating certification under green building rating systems such as LEED, BREEAM, Estidama PRS, and GSAS. This includes providing designs that allows buildings to be certified to LEED Platinum and GSAS 5-star standards. Our teams also include more than 500 accredited professionals under these international rating systems.

We are active members of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), and are Service providers for the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS).

At Dar we know that Sustainability is much more than a certification scheme. We work very closely with many sustainable rating systems around the world in order to gain the highest ratings possible for our clients. Dar regularly works with the following rating systems, and is experienced in many more. We take time to make sure that we are working to the most appropriate sustainability framework for each project. Dar Cairo has also been heavily involved in the Egyptian Green Building Council (EGGBC), and the development of the Egyptian TARSHEED rating system.

LEED: Dar is a member of the UK Green Building Council and has over 150 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals in 6 countries (including 3 LEED Faculty members). Our staff have accredited specialisms ranging from Neighbourhood Development (ND), to Building Design and Construction (BD&C), and Operations and Maintenance (EBOM). Dar also ensures that all urban designers become accredited LEED Green Associates.

BREEAM: The Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) certification system provides a rigorous framework that helps us deliver “Outstanding” rated projects throughout the world. In our London office we have 3 BREEAM accredited professionals/ assessors; who are experienced in operating on the client, and on the design side of projects to ensure they achieve the target rating at certification.

GSAS: Although started in Qatar, the Global Sustainability Assessment Scheme (GSAS) rating systems is now applicable throughout the world. Dar has worked on many GSAS schemes, from Residential to Districts & Infrastructure and Healthcare. Dar is an official GSAS Service Provider, and has more than 20 “Certified Green Professionals (CGP)” with local staff ready to provide support in Qatar, and throughout the wider region.

ESTIDAMA: Although only applicable for projects in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (UAE), Dar has significant project experience with the Estidama Pearl Rating System, with many Pearl Qualified Professional (PQP) trained staff (Buildings and Community) on the ground ready to visit project sites and attend meetings.

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