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A Sustainable Retail Prototype for the Middle East and Beyond

The Change Initiative Store
Dubai, UAE

“Buildings are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems. The Change Initiative efficiently uses our natural resources to make an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come.”

Rick Fedrizzi
President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council

This store in Dubai is a prototype developed as the first of 25 retail shops to be rolled out across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the US.

The Change Initiative is Dubai’s first retail destination to sell only sustainable products and services.

The stylish, sustainable living solutions displayed in the renovated two-story store include products related to energy conservation, waste management, organic food and various lifestyle items. The store serves residential consumers on the ground floor and commercial and institutional organizations on the floor above.

HOK created a customer learning journey based on four core zones: energy, water, waste and household. The design team layered this journey with a branding and organizational strategy for space organization, merchandising and graphics. The vibrant, contemporary design demonstrates that sustainable materials do not need to have a rustic appearance.

The space integrates learning lounges, interactive zones, training areas and model mock-up home and office facilities.

Achieving 107 out of a possible 110 points, The Change Initiative is the highest-scoring LEED for Commercial Interiors Platinum project in the world.


LEED-CI Platinum


34,000 sq. ft. / 3,160 sq. m.


Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Sustainability Consulting 


Middle East Commercial Interior Design Awards – Sustainable Initiative of the Year

Middle East Lighting Award – Best Retail Project


World’s highest-scoring LEED Platinum commercial interiors project


Number of solar panels 


Reduction in lighting power density


Reduction in total energy use


Reduction in water use 



1 August 2013
“Dubai’s LEED Platinum Change Initiative Building Declared the ‘World’s Most Sustainable Commercial Building’”

23 July 2013
“Sustainable Retail Prototype Opens in Dubai”

15 July 2013
“Change Initiative Hailed as World’s Most Sustainable Building”

19 June 2013
“Dubai Store Dubbed ‘World’s Most Sustainable Building’”
Green Prophet 

16 June 2013
“World’s Most Sustainable Building Can Now Be Found in Dubai”
Gulf News