Published on 8 November 2021

UAE Pavilion Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

UAE Pavilion has acquired LEED Platinum accreditation, at EXPO 2020.

In line with Expo 2020’s theme of sustainability the pavilion was certified LEED Platinum and is compliant with the Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications (DGBR).

The Pavilion’s most spectacular element is its roof, composed of 28 movable carbon fiber “wings” that make the building feel “alive” as they continuously open and close in a synchronised series of graceful swings. As the wings open, they let the hidden photovoltaic panels absorb the maximum amount of sunlight to harvest energy, which is then returned to the main power grid. When closed, the wings shelter and protect the panels from rain and sandstorms.

It is surrounded by landscaping containing 80 trees and over 5,600 plants, of which 2,350 are “considered to be of cultural importance to the UAE” and  the UAE Pavillion is largest self-build pavilion at Expo 2020

LEED certification means greener, more productive buildings, reduced stress on the environment and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs.

This is a very innovative approach of integrating Solar PV in an Architecturally aesthetic manner.
A specially designed steel frame preserves the shape of each of the feathers of the wings allowing the solar panels to be cold-formed to ensure the optimal fit for the complex curved feather designs.

What is LEED?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council – a non-profit organisation committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

LEED includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.

Photo Credit First Photo: © Palladium Photodesign / Oliver Schuh + Barbara Burg

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