Estidama Announcement Made to Celebrate World Green Building Week
UAE – Abu Dhabi, 17 September 2013:The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) showed its support of World Green Building Week 2013 by announcing that ten Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) schools were awarded an Estidama 3 Pearl Design and Construction Rating from the Estidama Pearl Building Rating System (PBRS).
This year, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has set the tone with its “Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People” slogan, which emphasises the value of green buildings for people, and presents itself as the appropriate platform for the UPC to announce that, in addition to having successfully complied with its 3 Pearl Rating requirements, the 10 ADEC schools have also been the first to be selected for the Estidama Schools Pearl Operation Rating System (PORS) pilot project.
Furthermore, on 24 October, the Estidama 3 Pearl certificates will be awarded by Mohamed Al Khadar – UPC Executive Director Development Review and Estidama – to ADEC during the first session of the “Teacher Operational Programme” that will take place the same day at Al Ezzah School in Abu Dhabi. Such a session, the first of a series, will enable knowledge sharing and provide school operators with building performance feedback. This programme is one of the key components of the Estidama School Pilot Project.
Mohamed Al Khadar said, “First I would like to congratulate ADEC for their achievement and their commitment and efforts that led the 10 schools to achieving the 3 Pearl Rating. Through our on-going working relationship with ADEC and the targeted example of educational facilities, ‘Our Estidama School’ programme confirms that Abu Dhabi is formally adopting its ambitious agenda by establishing targets and metrics for measuring progress in the sustainable development field and developing the means to align decision-making across all government entities through their individual contribution to achieving the overarching principles of Abu Dhabi.”
“With the announcement made today, the UPC and ADEC are sending a clear and tangible message during World Green Building Week that sustainable buildings improve well-being and quality of life for everyone in the region’s communities. Educating and engaging the residents of Abu Dhabi in achieving these objectives will be another key determinant of our success. Aligned with our marketing slogan ‘Planning Abu Dhabi for the next generation’, engaging with and involving the children at our local schools involved is our priority. Over the coming months, and throughout targeted communication campaigns and contests, we will encourage them to create sustainable school projects or art works and display them in their community to spread the message.”
Engineer Hamad Al Dhaheri lauded efforts by each of the ten ADEC schools who he said, “Set a good example to the rest of the ADEC’s schools. We are very proud of these schools for taking the time to contribute in an extremely interesting cause which will not only create overall sustainability for students, but will help raise awareness regarding the importance of protecting ones environment.”
ADEC's environmentally sustainable initiatives come in line with its strategy plan to create a self sustainable environment across all schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“ADEC is highly involved in offering various eco-friendly training opportunities to teachers, who are encouraged to transfer that information to their students. We continue to stress on the fact that protecting one's environment will help improve an individual’s conduct as well as help benefit the community.”
Engineer Al Dhaheri added, “I look forward to witnessing more successful green stories from other schools and look forward to hearing that our students are concerned with saving water, energy and waste, which should be a general understanding and daily practice amongst all of us.”
Through the development of joint programmes of this kind, the UPC is aiming to achieve several goals. In fact, the programme aims to collect empirical data through monitoring building performance, develop a set of statistics, validate savings in terms of energy, water and waste (while maximising occupant comfort, indoor air quality measures) and improve transportation practices.
About the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council:
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council was created by Emiri Decree number 23 of the year 2007 and is the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environments, and the expert authority behind the visionary Plan Capital 2030 Urban Structure Framework Plan publishedin September 2007. Chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council defines the shape of the Emirate, ensuring factors such as sustainability, infrastructure capacity, community planning and quality of life, by overseeing development across the city and the Emirate as a whole. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council ensures best practice in planning for both new and existing urban areas.
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s primary purpose is to deliver upon the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Ruler of Abu Dhabi for the continued fulfilment of the grand design envisaged by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the ongoing evolution of Abu Dhabi as a global capital city. By drawing on urban planning expertise locally, throughout the GCC and around the world, the UPC strives to be a global authority on the future of urban planning and design.For more information please contact:Jean-Philippe CoulaudCorporate Communications DirectorDirect: +971 2 409 6095Web: www.upc.gov.ae Ghadeer Al MansooriSenior Media Relations OfficerDirect: +971 2 409 6016Mobile: +971 50 762 2332
About Abu Dhabi Education Council:
Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) was established in accordance with law No. 24 of 2005, issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE President, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Chairman of ADEC is H.H. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the Vice-Chairman is H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affairs. The Council seeks to develop education and educational institutions in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, implement innovative educational policies, plans and programs that aim to improve education, and support educational institutions and staff to achieve the objectives of national development in accordance with the highest international standards.
For more information about ADEC please call its headquarters at +971 (2) 6150 000 or visit www.adec.ac.ae
ADEC Media Contact:Dina El ShammaaSenior Media SpecialistStrategic Comm and MediaTel: +971 2 6150 000Dir: +971 2 6150 948Fax: +971 2 6150 082