BDD has been awarded the Gold LEED certification, for the new cluster of buildings, which make up BDD 1227. As part of BDD’s commitment to sustainability, numerous measures were taken during the construction and planning phase, given that BDD 1227 is located in a highly populated residential area. Accordingly, based on extensive simulations of the location, a 14% improvement in proposed building energy costs have been achieved at BDD 1227. This will result in a reduction of environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use.
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When BDD 1227 was being built, pollution from construction activities was reduced by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation. Additionally, indoor air quality problems resulting from the construction and renovation process were reduced in order to help sustain the comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants. A portion of the construction materials were made from recycled content, and others were sourced from the region, to reduce transportation costs.
Walking, biking, parking
Given the location of BDD 1227, situated in a residential area, pedestrian access to services has been ensured throughout. In addition, 27 bicycle racks have been added, to decrease pollution from automobile use, and encourage cycling. For those commuting by car, 19 parking spaces have been factored in, dedicated to low emission vehicles located near entrances, to encourage the use of cars with lower environmental impacts.
Sustainability and nature
An area of 538 sqm has been vegetated with the native and foreign plants and trees that thrive in typical Lebanese climates. This has helped conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide a healthy habitat and promote biodiversity.
Water use reduction was carefully studied, for both indoor and outdoor use. 53.3% outdoor water use reduction has been achieved by installing an efficient drip irrigation system for the landscaped areas, to limit the use of potable water, or other natural surface or subsurface water resources available on or near the project site. 39.7% indoor water use reduction will be achieved through specifying and installing efficient water fixtures, in an attempt to minimize the demand for municipal water supplies and wastewater systems.
With regards to lowered energy consumption rates, energy efficient lighting with motion sensors in corridors, stairs and parking spaces have been added, along with insulation features.
Inside BDD 1227
All the technical features and specifications that are part of BDD 1227 have contributed to the achievement of receiving the Gold LEED certification. Additional measures however, are being taken, which include:
- Smoking is prohibited on the project site, to minimize exposure of building occupants, indoor surfaces, and ventilation air distribution systems to Environmental Tobacco Smoke.
- Paints and coats were sourced with Low-Emitting materials, to reduce the quantity of products that are odorous, irritating and/or harmful to the comfort and well-being of installers and occupants.
- A green cleaning policy has been implemented on the project site to reduce levels of chemical, biological and particulate contaminants that can compromise air quality, human health, building finishes, building systems and the environment.
The certification stems from a fruitful collaboration between a dedicated project team, which includes: Paralx (Architect), AME (MEP Engineer), Soccotec (Commissioning Agent), EcoConsulting (LEED & Environmental Consultant), Exotica (Landscape Consultant) and Code (Structural Engineer).
BDD 1227 is an exciting new addition to the community, part of a master plan, to serve and nurture Lebanon’s digital and creative professionals. Visitors and tenants can start enjoying the blend of indoor and outdoor spaces soon, in a healthy, thriving environment.
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