UAE : The first hospital to meet the Platinum Leed certification

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After being awarded the Best Sustainable Green Building Design in 2012 and Best Sustainable Hospital Award in 2013, Zulekha Hospital Sharjah in UAE has accepted the Platinum certification by USGBC this year under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (Leed Ebom) rating system.

Furthermore, Zulekha Hospital is named as one of three US hospitals which have met the Platinum certification requirement to date. To meet the requirements for the certification, the hospital has complied with several pre-requisites and score credit points in seven categories, i.e. sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in operations and regional priority credits.

According to Taher Shams, managing director of Zulekha Hospitals, it was an honour to receive such an award for being the first healthcare organization with a Platinum LEED certification for the Middle East. He added that the hospital will commit to their eco-friendly efforts in focusing on patient safety and their wellbeing by protecting the environment in a pro-active manner.

An initial survey has been made during the hospital building construction and the company has also applied several sustainable features into the building facility in order to make a highly sustainable building, Shams added.

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