ADNOC Headquarters Achieves LEED Gold Certification
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has been awarded LEED Gold certification for its HOK-designed corporate headquarters.
The certification is in the category of Building Design and Construction, and was awarded by the US Green Building Council.
ADNOC’s new headquarters in Abu Dhabi uses more than 4,000 liters of recycled grey water and condensate water from air conditioning to flush toilets and irrigate locally sourced plants. The building’s orientation and mechanical systems are designed to consume 24 percent less energy than the global baseline standard. LED lighting installed throughout the building reduces electricity consumption, while advanced air quality monitoring and filtration equipment ensures pollutant-free air for employees.
More than 75 percent of the waste produced on site during the construction of the building was diverted from landfill and recycled by segregating materials at source. Nearly a quarter of the building is constructed from recycled materials and 70 percent of timber used came from managed renewable sources.
“We are very proud to have received this certification, which is a testament to ADNOC’s commitment to sustainable practices and affirms our commitment to not just building green but also living green,” said Rashed Saud Al Shamsi, business and commercial support director of ADNOC.
At 342 meters (1,122 feet) tall, ADNOC’s headquarters is the second tallest building in Abu Dhabi and the nineteenth tallest office building in the world. Its helipad is also the highest in the Middle East and the second highest in the world.
Although the initiation of the project preceded the development of Abu Dhabi’s own green building initiative, the Estidama Pearl Rating System, the ADNOC headquarters is one of the region’s first major projects to drive the sustainable building agenda from the start of the design to the completion of construction, and on into operations and maintenance.
Contrasting with the many twisting, turning shaped buildings in the capital of the UAE, the new headquarters embodies a “less is more” philosophy. The exterior frame of the 75-story tower is clad in granite to convey a sense of permanence to reflect the firm’s ethos.