State-of-the-art building receives prestigious LEED Silver certification
KUWAIT CITY – Nov. 14, 2017 – Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has been awarded the LEED Silver certification for its new environment-friendly management building in Sulaibiya, Kuwait.
The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. The Agility Management Building, which was finalized in January 2017, was built with state-of-the-art sustainability features that maximizes the use of natural light while improving overall cooling efficiency and energy use.
The 834 sq.m. building is equipped with solar thermal panels, which provide the energy needed to operate the air-conditioning units. The building also includes triple-pane windows that are covered in electro chromic coating, to adjust tint in response to external conditions, allowing light to pass through while blocking heat and increasing energy efficiency.
Tarek Sultan, Vice Chairman and CEO, Agility said, “Responsibility is ingrained in Agility’s corporate DNA, and we take carbon footprint reduction very seriously. Creating a better environment for our talent is an important component of our overall sustainability efforts.”
Sultan added: “This achievement is the result of years of collaboration not only with our planners, architects, and contractors, but also in consultation with our employees. We hope to replicate this model in future infrastructure projects.”
Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC, said: “LEED is a transformative tool that ensures a building is designed and operating to achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health while enhancing the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit. By prioritizing sustainability, the Agility project is leading the way in their industry and helping USGBC continue toward our vision of a sustainable built environment within a generation.”
In Kuwait, Agility is one of only four certified projects, and one of 38 registered LEED projects in the country. Incorporating green building practices in the construction industry is a critical way for Kuwaiti companies to help meet the country’s sustainability targets.
More than 38,600 commercial projects have been LEED certified across 167 countries. LEED is the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 2.2 million square feet certified daily. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient, using less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The LEED Silver certification is one of a number of environmental projects and achievements for the company. The Agility 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report showcases its commitment to building a greener supply chain, including sustainable construction and upgrades to warehouses and logistics facilities, and achieving ISO 14001 certification in 19 countries; 48% of Agility employees work in an ISO 14001 certified site.
Download the full Agility 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report here.