Aspires to achieve Middle Easts first LEED Platinum rating
Dubai, February 7, 2006: Pacific Controls (the global leader providing total automation solutions) has showcased its new Green Building headquarters in the Ninth Special Session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forums exhibition inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai along with Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the UNEP, at the Dubai International Convention Centre.
Pacific Controls is aspiring to achieve the LEED Platinum rating for its 5-storey headquarters located at the Dubai Techno Park, which meets all the criteria set by the LEED Certification Program after having undergone rigorous processes of design and implementation strategies. Pacific Controls has appointed Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Government of India as its consultants for the certification program. Spanning an area of 200,000 sq. ft., the building to be operational by mid 2006 will showcase the 100 KW use of solar energy for lighting and solar-thermal for 100 Tons of air-conditioning.
Dilip Rahulan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Controls, said, "Our investment in the green building is our commitment to sustainable development projects to showcase the use of alternative energies in commercial buildings." "We fully support the vision of the Government of Dubai regarding sustainable development and the use of alternative energy, and our iconic project will put Dubai on the international map of Green Buildings," he added.
The environment-friendly design and engineering of Pacific Controls green building emphasizes on the key features of sustainable site development, water and energy efficiency, recycled or recyclable materials selection and indoor air quality leading to improved health, comfort and productivity. The green building houses a Research and Development (R&D) center serving as the "Center of Excellence" for automation business in the Middle East, which will also develop eco-friendly automation solutions and products for the global markets. The building will also have 24x7x365 days Command Control Center (CCC) providing services on monitoring and control of assets for Government and Private sectors.
Commenting on the forum, Rahulan stated, "The UNEP forum is being held for the first time in the Arab world with more than 130 environment ministers representing 160 countries globally, and we are happy to participate in this exhibition which is instrumental in raising the awareness on environmental protection." Pacific Controls brings in knowledge and enthusiasm for environmental commitment into all the projects that it implements focusing on energy savings. Pacific Controls is actively involved in a number of environmental groups, associations and government-sponsored programs including the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) - a voluntary, non-government organization (NGO) devoted to protecting the environment in the UAE.
As part of its "Green" initiatives, Pacific Controls is running an advertising campaign in the city with the theme, "Our Commitment to Dubai: "Intelligent Green Buildings", the first in a series of its kind to be launched by Pacific Controls across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This campaign marks Pacific Controls participation in line with the Dubai Governments drive in making the Emirate a cleaner and green city in the UAE, and the need to go for solar to meet the growing energy demands.
"With the construction boom, it is essential to encourage the people of Dubai, both corporates and the public, to participate in the environmental initiatives taken by the Government, and the need to join hands through a private-public partnership for a green Dubai," pointed out Rahulan. Spearheading the green concept in the UAE, Pacific Controls iconic headquarters is at the forefront of the UAEs Green Building movement, serving as a showcase for future green buildings in the region.
The event witnessed the award ceremony of Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General who was honoured with the top price of Global Leadership, the Zayed International Prize for Environment, for his commitment to sustainable development. "The launch of the building will set a new trend in the vibrant Construction industry in the Middle East to adopt the concept of Green Buildings," concluded Rahulan.
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