Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has won two awards at the recently-held ‘1st Annual Qatar Sustainability Awards’.
The Msheireb Mosque emerged as the winner in the religious building category, while the National Archive bested other contenders in the government buildings classification. The two “iconic” properties are located within Msheireb Downtown Doha, Msheireb Properties’ flagship urban regeneration project.
The Qatar Sustainability Awards, which is officiated by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), aims to recognise the efforts, commitment, and contributions of individuals, institutions, and organisations in furthering sustainable development and environmental protection in Qatar and beyond.
A jury, comprised of senior sustainability and green building experts, practitioners, and sustainability academics, was charged with choosing the winners from a competitive list of nominees.
The Msheireb Mosque and the National Archive were recently awarded LEED gold certification and platinum certification respectively, for excellence in green building strategies and practices.
The newly-built structures have achieved maximum energy efficiency in construction and design, which restrict reliance on air-conditioning units via environmentally-friendly applications.
Their energy recovery air systems allow the precooling and regulation of indoor temperatures and their superior district cooling systems deliver chilled water through low energy consumption. Further energy mitigation features include solar panelling that generates high levels of usable electricity in both buildings throughout the entire year.
“We are truly honoured to receive these awards. As a regional pioneer in sustainability, Msheireb Properties strives to consistently demonstrate exceptional leadership and initiative in the areas of sustainable master planning and design.
“As we move forward with our completion of Msheireb Downtown Doha, these awards reinforce our vision to continue to meet and exceed the highest international environmental standards in community development and urban regeneration projects,” said Ali al-Kuwari, chief officer – design and delivery at Msheireb Properties.
Speaking on the practices of green building and sustainability in the business sectors, Noora al-Rumaihi, manager, Communication and Public Relations at Msheireb Properties, said: “Often times, companies believe that it’s not cost effective and routinely too inconvenient to function and build sustainably. Yet, the truth is quite the opposite.
“Organisations should be encouraged to move beyond current methods and feel emboldened to look upon sustainability and conservation as fundamental aspects of societal development and business advancement.”
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