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What Impact Does Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Have on Sustainable Development?

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a strong investor in a more sustainable future. A notable example? The policy paper Vision 2030, which in many ways talks about sustainability, including sustainable development.

As multi-faceted specialists focused on sustainable development and with a presence in Saudi Arabia, we at Alpin are excited to see Saudi Arabia’s ambitious goals become reality. In fact, for the past seven years, we’ve been working on helping the country achieve them.

Want to know more about Saudi Arabia’s vision and how it will be achieved? Let’s dive right in.

What are Saudi Arabia’s sustainability goals?

Here’s what it’s all about:

In its policy paper Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia sets out goals that will steer its policy-making over the next decades to enable a thriving society for its citizens. Saudi Arabia is positioning itself as a strategic business hub in the Islamic world and as a connector of three continents. Also, by creating this vision, the country is transforming into an investment powerhouse.

Now, the paper has three main themes (a vibrant society, a thriving economy, and an ambitious nation) with different subthemes.

Many of these subthemes reference sustainability in one way or another. For example, the paper talks about environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and protecting resources.

Plus, some subthemes make a reference to sustainability more indirectly. The paper mentions developing cities as a goal. A big part of this? Sustainable development and construction.

This is at the core of what we do at Alpin. We believe in delivering the most sustainable development solutions. For example: One of our projects is a 10-year build out- a key city development where we act as sustainability advisors on the client side.

So are we happy that more countries like Saudi Arabia are setting ambitious sustainability goals for their development and construction projects? You bet. And here’s how we help Saudi Arabia achieve these goals.

How will Saudi Arabia achieve Vision 2030?

Vision 2030 sets out ambitious goals. But how will Saudi Arabia achieve them?

Alpin has had a strong presence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, since 2012 and during quite some time, we’ve been investing in the country’s long-term viability. We’re committed to helping Saudi Arabia achieve its goals and implement Vision 2030.

And one thing is clear:

Sustainable development will require an innovative approach.

At Alpin Innovation Labs, that’s exactly what we do. Our vision is to produce innovative practices that push the industry to become more sustainable.

To date, we’ve worked on some of the biggest projects in Saudi Arabia in various sectors (for example, engineering, banking, and finance). Some of our projects include the King Khalid International Airport, the main metro station in Riyadh designed by Zaha Hadid, the largest manufacturing plant in the country, as well as the first LEED platinum development and LEED EBOM projects in Saudi Arabia.

And as Saudi Arabia continues to develop cities to achieve its Vision 2030, we continue delivering innovative solutions to meet the needs of our clients.

What’s ahead for Vision 2030?

So, will Saudi Arabia achieve its ambitious sustainability goals by 2030?

We believe so. That’s why we’ve invested extensively in the country. And as Trusted Advisors, we continue using our team, advanced processes, and innovative technology to work on the Kingdom’s most innovative development projects.

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Complex Infrastructure Projects: How to Create Sustainable Projects

How do you make complex infrastructure projects sustainable?

At Alpin Limited, this is one of our core competencies. We’ve worked on several high-profile and large-scale projects, such as the Dubai + Riyadh Metros and right now, the 2020 World Expo.

To ensure that we’re meeting the strictest requirements, we use accreditations such as CEEQUAL. Here’s what our projects look like.

What is CEEQUAL?

CEEQUAL promotes sustainable civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping, and public realm projects. It’s an evidence-based sustainability assessment, rating, and awards scheme. It awards projects that go beyond the minimum threshold in terms of environmental and social performance. 

By using CEEQUAL in your construction projects, you get benefits like these:

  • Sustainability improvements. Resource efficiency and a reduction of complaints and environmental incidents. 
  • PR. CEEQUAL backs up your social responsibility policies. 
  • Reduced costs. Thanks to sustainability planning, you reduce your construction costs. CEEQUAL reportsthat cost reductions have ranged from £3000 to £5 million.

At Alpin, we work towards changing the construction industry to become more effective and sustainable. CEEQUAL works perfectly with our goals and that’s why we are CEEQUAL accredited. 

How we create sustainable complex infrastructure projects

Thanks to years of experience and accreditations like CEEQUAL, one of our core areas of expertise are sustainable complex infrastructure projects. Here’s what we focus on.

Transportation

As you know, projects involving major airports and train stations require meticulous planning. For us, it’s important to use our innovation, reliability, and high level of expertise when we work on projects that work now and in the future. That involves sustainability. 

Some of the projects we’ve worked on include the expansion of King Khalid International Airport where we helped save 47% water and 19% energy. 

Developing communities

Another one of our core competencies includes creating communities that withstand the test of time and unexpected environmental impacts. We work to ensure that the boom in city living will happen in a sustainable way. We’ve done this by developing sustainable community rating systems, regional 2030 plans, and proofing against climate change effects. One of our projects is the Al Zahia Gardens Masterplan in the United Arab Emirates.

Case study: 2020 World Expo

Alpin was chosen as the design phase commissioning authority for the 2020 World Expo in Dubai. One of the core themes for the Expo, besides Mobility and Opportunity, is Sustainability. 

Our role will be to integrate these themes into the construction, operation, urban design, and legacy of the site. We’ll also focus on the efficient use of resources. Our goal is for this World Expo to be the reference point for sustainability for future Expos. 

And how will we ensure this? By meeting US Green Building Council requirements and local standards. And as a CEEQUAL accredited organization, these standards will naturally impact the project. 

How can you create sustainable projects?

Working on a complex infrastructure project? Want to improve your own construction standards? 

That’s what we help you do at Alpin by using our expertise and accreditation systems like CEEQUAL.

Want to learn more about our approach to making complex construction projects sustainable? Read more about how we help you meet even the strictest green building certifications here.


We Created a Program to Promote Employee Wellbeing. Here’s Why.

Want to know what employee wellbeing looks like in practice? At Alpin, we set out to develop a program that would promote employee wellbeing in effective ways.

The results of this initiative, Alpin Healthy, have more than exceeded our expectations. Here’s how.

What is Alpin Healthy?

Alpin Healthy is our initiative to promote employee wellbeing. With Alpin Healthy, we want to foster employee wellbeing both at work and at home. We do it by focusing on a few core areas:

Healthy eating

At our office in Masdar City, we offer plenty of organic fruit and green tea. During our breakfasts and lunches, we offer fresh and nutritious food.

Reusable water bottles

Our employees can enjoy quality water thanks to our BPA-free water coolers and BPA-free reusable water bottles.

Safe and healthy working conditions 

At Alpin, we work to achieve safe and healthy working conditions in many ways. We have a rigorous cleaning and sanitation plan in place. Training is given to employees so that health and safety is a priority in their lives. We offer coaching and guidance on things like healthy eating and first aid. 

Sports and recreation 

We organize sports and team activities for our employees. We encourage employees to participate in events like fitness events and team exercise by sponsoring community events. 

Workplace

We work hard to ensure that our workplace fosters wellbeing. We utilize 100% natural lighting, all offices have a view to outside spaces, and our air quality exceeds ASHRAE standards by 30%. We use ergonomic office furniture.

WELL Silver and LEED Gold certifications

Our offices are designed to promote employee wellbeing. That’s why we’ve been awarded by the International Well Building Institute and US Green Building Council with WELL certification at the silver level and LEED Gold certification as the first in the Middle East.

Why do we put so much effort into promoting our employees’ wellbeing?

So, why do we put so much effort into employee wellbeing?

Great question. In fact, our initiative is backed up by quite a lot of data.

According to the Financial Times, research shows that by focusing on wellbeing, employees can gain almost a full day a week in terms of productivity. In other words, employee wellbeing is good for the bottom line.

Second, employee wellbeing is one of our core values. We believe that employees are a company’s competitive advantage. They are what makes the company thrive. Not promoting employee wellbeing would be an extremely bad business decision.

But there’s one more thing we need to figure out. Has our initiative led to any tangible results? That’s what we’ll look at next. 

What have the results been?

At Alpin, we believe in doing things with tangible results. And we’re already seeing some excellent results thanks to Alpin Healthy. Take Hani, who is one of our amazing colleagues.

Hani decided to transform his life and through hard work and determination, he was able to go from 140kg (308lbs) to 70kg (154lbs).

Now, fitness is a major part of his life. Plus, the transformation was internal, too. According to Hani, he feels more confident and is happy that others around him see him as an inspiration.

Take a look at Hani’s story here:



Over to you!

So, there you have it. With Alpin Healthy, our team members have been able to get some amazing results. Now over to you: Learn more about Alpin Healthy program.


The Development and Construction Industry is Riddled with Problems. Here’s How We’re Changing It.

What’s one of the most inefficient industries in the world? Simple: The construction industry. With Alpin Innovation Labs (AILA), we intend to change this. Here’s how.

Why is the construction industry in need of innovations?

Here’s the thing: The construction industry is notoriously inefficient. 

Projects are rarely delivered on time or within budget. Operational costs are often higher than predicted. And while there are many solutions out there, the industry is still lagging behind when it comes to sustainability. 

In fact: According to the Economist, the construction industry is the least efficient industry. Plus, the industry is one of the least sustainable industries. About 20%of the world’s emissions are caused by the construction industry. 

And it makes sense. While most other industries are quickly adopting digital tools and becoming more sustainable, the construction industry often is not. 

It’s clear that the industry needs new ideas and solutions. And that’s what we do at Alpin Innovation Labs.

How AILA is changing the construction industry for the better

At AILA, our mission is to provide innovative practices that change the way construction projects are run. We want to see efficient and cost-effective practices in place. 

How do we do this? For example:

  • We introduce new services to the market that will help the industry transition from paperwork to digital solutions.
  • We develop processes that support the efficient delivery of projects’ success targets.
  • We utilize technology to ensure the highest levels of quality development.

To achieve this, we use technologies like augmented reality, drones, and proprietary software that is integrated into our services.

But what does it look like in practice? That’s what we’ll look at next.

How AILA helps you create better construction projects 

How does AILA help you set up and implement more effective construction projects? Here are our core focus areas:

MEP forensics and independent analytics

Construction projects are getting more complicated than ever. With our forensics services, we investigate and analyze the cause of any failures or defects that might arise during a project’s operational phase. 

Building asset condition assessments

With our condition assessments, we deliver high tech data that helps you determine the condition of your building assets. Because we’re able to pinpoint risks and problems before they become major issues, we can minimize costs and the environmental impact. 

Building performance analytics

At AILA, we simulate how a building will function over time both during the early design stage and the operations stage. This way, we can determine what can be done for energy-efficiency and cost-efficiency. 

Thermal Imaging drone inspections

With the help of drones, we can carry out cost-effective site inspections. You see, by using drones to detect faults, we help reduce the need for expensive manpower. You get faster feedback, which helps you take action right away.

Alpin + Measurabl (Operational Data at your Fingertips)

At AILA, we’ve partnered with Measurabl so that we can provide you with the world’s foremost building analytics service. We check for discrepancies and irregularities so that your reports are always up to date. This helps construction projects become more sustainable, as sustainability begins with collecting data.

Alpin CxCloud

Alpin CxCloud is all about offering applications and software solutions that enable you to deliver better-performing systems for your buildings, improve operations, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. 

Acoustics

Noise control is a must for the health and wellbeingof your building’s occupants. With our acoustics services, we help you create the best acoustical solutions for your project.

What’s ahead for the construction industry?

That’s it. That’s how we’re working on changing the construction industry for the better. 

After all, we need innovative solutions to figure out how to make the industry more sustainable and effective now and in the future.

Want to learn more about the work we do at AILA? Read all about it here.


How Being the First WELL Certified™ Building in the Middle East Helps Us Create More Productive and Profitable Workspaces

Earlier this month, our company, Alpin Limited, was awarded WELL Certification at the Silver Level for New and Existing Interiors by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) as the first organization in the Middle East.

Why are we so happy about this? Because it shows our commitment to employee wellbeing and health. But not only that. Thanks to this certification, we’ll be able to help our clients create more productive and profitable workspaces.

How exactly? Let’s find out.

What is the WELL Building Standard™?

In short, the WELL Building Standard™ is the most important building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work, and play.

This performance-based certification was created by physicians, scientists, and industry professionals to use best practices in design, construction, and evidence-based scientific research.

When an organization achieves this standard, it shows a deep commitment to people’s wellbeing. And that’s what made it so attractive to us.

Why we wanted to get WELL Certified™

So why did we want to get WELL Certified™?

Our focus is on projects that are environmentally efficient. But our commitment doesn’t stop there. We believe that employee health and wellbeing should be a top priority because people are any company’s biggest asset.

For example:

Our Alpin Healthy HR campaign, which is a wide-ranging initiative centered on a commitment to enhancing our employees’ wellbeing, goes hand in hand with this commitment. In fact, before we got WELL Certified™, our internal gap analysis showed that we were already about 80% there.

WELL is the most prestigious recognition in this space and it aligns perfectly with our values.

Is WELL an expense or an investment?

It makes sense. Focusing on employee health and wellbeing results in a more productive workforce. Your company becomes a more attractive employer, employees stick around for longer, and you save on costs like employee absenteeism.

But still, WELL does come with its own costs and expenses. After all, changes need to be made in several different areas- air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind. For example, to become WELL Certified™, we made several investments. These include an on-campus gym, noise level improvements, and a new air filtration system.

Is it all worth it from a cost perspective?

Here are just a few examples of the benefits of WELL:

  • An engineering consulting firm, Cundall, spent $80,000 to create a workspace that lived up to WELL Gold level standards. At the same time, absenteeism dropped by 50% and staff turnover dropped by 27%. This meant a return on investment in just the first year.
  • According to CBRE Madrid, 80% of employees believed that their offices made them more productive.

See how WELL is an investment that will pay itself back and more… Not an expense?

How are we using WELL to improve?

As a company, we’re committed to constantly improving and innovating. That’s how we can help our clients create spaces that work seamlessly with their goals.

In fact, beyond being WELL Certified™ we’re committed to staying at the forefront of our industry. For example, as the first company in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, we were awarded the LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors, which is one of the world’s most recognized green building codes.

But that’s not all.

For us, WELL is not just a certification. It’s a way of life.

We’re constantly aiming to get better and improving our commitment to employee health and wellbeing. WELL is embedded in our office development practices, HR policies, and approach to teaming.

It will help us create a better workplace. But even more so, we can easily integrate WELL into our client projects.

Want to use WELL in your organization?

Right now, we’re working with select developers and Fortune 500 firms to deliver the next series of WELL Certified™ projects.

Want to use the same standards to achieve better employee productivity, happier employees, lower employee-related costs, and to increase the value of your building assets?

Learn more about how WELL can help you get there.


Drone Inspection at Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi

Alpin Innovation Labs recently conducted a drone inspection for Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi. Here's a video from the site.


Hani Fitbit Hero Interview

In Spirit of the recent Dubai Fitness Challenge 2018, our very own Hani Abdel Razeo has shared his inspirational story with Fitness in DXB on how he has dropped half of his weight through sheer hard work; with his main tools being exercise daily, good nutrition and a whole lot of determination.

Hear how Hani shed 70kg through sheer hard work and determination, and has transformed his life so that now his fitness plays a major role in his everyday life. Hoping to encourage and inspire others, he also shares how he has used his Fitbit charge 3 during the Dubai Fitness Challenge, Dubai 30x30!

Source: Fitness in DXB


Whitepaper: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030 and Sustainability

Vision 2030 is Saudi Arabia’s roadmap for future economic and developmental action that expresses their long term goals and objectives. It is being used as a basis of identifying the general direction of policies.

Vision 2030 has three main themes

  • Vibrant Society
  • Thriving Economy
  • Ambitious Nation

Each of these themes has sub-themes and associated objectives, goals and commitments. Many of the goals and objectives within Vision 2030 make reference to sustainability, directly and indirectly.

To continue reading on this that Alpin recently published, download Whitepaper: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 and Sustainability


Alpin’s strong presence in Saudi Arabia: Committed to supporting Saudi Vision 2030

Since the completion of our first project in Saudi Arabia back in 2012, we have built upon our strong reputation for helping to deliver some of the Kingdom’s most ambitious and forward-thinking developments. In 2018 we invested in a permanent office to service our clients and partners throughout the kingdom, from Jeddah to Riyadh, Al Khobar and beyond. We are proud of our project portfolio, which includes landmarks in Saudi Arabia and the wider GCC, as well as boasting everything from major airport projects like King Khaled International and Abha Airport Terminal, to metro systems, manufacturing plants and the first ever LEED platinum and LEED EBOM projects in the region.

Thanks to our strong presence on the ground, we have been able to establish a firm reputation with local clients from both the private and governmental sector, who have relied upon Alpin’s expertise for some of Saudi Arabia’s most challenging and complex of developments. Our team has delivered over 25% of all LEED projects in Saudi Arabia and we also continue to service the needs of several of the world’s Fortune 100 companies, from Banking and Finance to Engineering and Consumer Products.

Trusted by the Best, to Ensure the Best. Whether for Independent Commissioning or LEED Certification, Alpin is a name relied upon by the top players throughout the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia’s transformation as an investment powerhouse is well underway, in line with its own Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to boost its position as one of the world’s most strategic trading hubs. Over $219 billion worth of projects is expected to be awarded in the next 12 months, according to research by Deloitte Middle East. We are committed to helping implement this vision and are excited about our potential for future growth in Saudi Arabia.

To find out more about our presence there, contact us on +966 56 762 0693 or visit our office.


The power of Internship: Nurturing the Future Thought Leaders for the Built Environment

We take our internship program very seriously. After all, young people are the next generation of thinkers (the learning at Alpin goes both ways) and we are very proud to be able to offer one of the most hands-on programs in the region. Forget the misconception about interns just making coffee, photocopying or running endless errands. From day one, our interns are mentored and allowed to engage in some of the most cutting-edge work imaginable. Our aim is to nurture future talent, with the hope that they’ll one day become part of the Alpin family. In fact, one of the most exciting aspects of our internship is that over 90% of interns receive full time job offers after they finish the program.

“The Alpin internship has been a fantastic opportunity. It has provided me with the chance to gain real-world experience across a range of projects,” says Owais Yousef who joined the program in July 2017, fresh from a degree in Sustainable and Renewable Energy from the University of Sharjah. Owais has been a full-time employee since January this year. “Alpiners are very welcoming and are extremely happy to provide support and guidance. This nurturing environment has made Alpin a place to further develop my skills and knowledge.”

Alpin welcomes interns from all over the world and also reinvests heavily in local talent. Some of the universities that we work with include the American University of Sharjah, the Masdar Institute, Carlton (Canada), California Polytechnic (Cal Poly), the London School of Economics, the University of California Davis, RMIT University (Australia) and Curtin University of Technology (Australia). Applicants are typically enrolled in undergraduate studies or a graduate (Masters or PhD) from one of our accredited colleges. They come from a background in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Building Physics and Business.

“Alpin as a company truly believes in sustainability and the services it provides to its clients. This characteristic of Alpin, along with their reputation as a pioneer in the field of sustainability in the GCC, makes it a very attractive company to be an intern in,” says Shri Kiruba, who has been an intern since March 2018. Prior to joining Alpin she completed a Masters in Environmental Economics and Climate Change at the London School of Economics, and a Masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis.

“The company's vision aligns closely with my own passion for sustainability and working here has provided a solid introduction to the implementation of sustainability in the GCC.”

Internships run for an average of 3, 6 or 12 months to ensure an all-round immersion in a wide variety of areas. Find out more about the Alpin Internship Program.