Sustainability

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.


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.


Power Station Challenge Story by New York University Abu Dhabi

Our partner IES interviewed our Energy Specialist & AILA officer Farah Ghanem regarding his involvement on the Abu Dhabi New York University Project.

Download New York University's Case study

Also check out the feature on IES website.

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 drone technology revolutionizes building inspection

Let’s face it, it would be pretty expensive to try to air condition the desert, so we were curious as to why so many building owners were letting their investment dollars literally slip through the cracks.Read more


Prioritizing employee well-being and boosting productivity with the WELL rating system. Alpin HQ, the perfect blend of LEED + WELL

Imagine a work environment which makes you feel relaxed, happy and productive. A motivating space where you don’t leave at the end of the day zapped of energy, despondent about the week that drags ahead. At Alpin, we believe our people are our most important asset and looking after our employees’ well-being is a top priority. That’s why we were quick to adopt the WELL rating system for our headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. It’s a certification that can turn a stressful work environment into a place where you actually look forward to coming to each day.Read more


Alpin’s Energy Modeling saves clients over $7.25 million per year

Take 30,000 cars and line them up to bumper to bumper, enough to stretch from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. Together they would pump over 44,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere annually. That’s the amount Alpin’s Energy Modeling team helps clients save every year – the equivalent of 100,000,000 kWh of energy and enough to power over 14,000 homes. This in turn relates to client savings of more than $7.25 million every year, and this number is only increasing.

Energy Modeling is a vital part of our commitment to lowering the carbon footprint and maximizing our clients’ return on investment. Proper modeling greatly helps optimize a client’s construction budget, by not only lowering consumption during the operational phase, but also ensuring the most cost-effective materials are utilized in a building’s façade. While MEP equipment can be very expensive, Energy Modeling allows us to simulate exactly where our clients can make savings. Our EM team also integrates Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – software that helps to visualize how air patterns affect a building as it flows past and can contribute to cooling strategies. Additionally, our EM team integrates services into life cycle analysis in order to help visualize the cost savings and investment profiles early in the project. This leads to higher ROI for our clients.

Find out more details on how Alpin can help risk proof your energy costs. Also find out about Energy Model and BIM Integration.


Really Smart Buildings and Data Analytics

It is true to say that the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly revolutionizing the way we work today, leading to better connectivity and ease in the way we handle and analyze data. The increase in the use of sensors and smart devices allows us to better manage complex building systems, while data and advanced analytics means we can predict project operational challenges well before they arise.Read more


Savings through Alpin Energy modeling

Alpin's Energy Modeling team helps our clients save over +100,000,000 kWh of energy annually (over $7.25 million/year).

Here are some stats:

  • 44,000+ tonnes of CO2 kept out of the Atmosphere annually, the equivalent of 30,000 cars lined bumper to bumper covering the distance from Dubai to Abu Dhabi
  • The equivalent annual consumption of:
    • 14,000+ homes
    • 337,000 refrigerators
    • 3.2 billion coffee cups/yr

To learn more about how we can help your team create high performing buildings that save you money and the environment, please reach out to us. We would love to meet you.

Note: Equivalent annual consumption sourced from Energuide.be