INSEAD Middle East Campus, MENA’s First to Achieve LEED v4.1 EBOM Certification

INSEAD, the Business School for the World, has further elevated its global and regional prestige by achieving the platinum-level certification for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program. LEED is the world’s leading green building sustainability certification system. INSEAD was recognised in the category of Existing Building: Operations & Maintenance (EBOM), which is focused on the performance of built assets during the operational stage. This landmark achievement was made possible through the support of Alpin Limited, Masdar City, a sustainability advisory firm and a recognised regional leader in the thriving green-building industry.

As the first business school in the world to achieve certification of this kind, INSEAD has reaffirmed its position among its peers globally, and strengthened its presence in the Middle East. Regionally, the INSEAD building is the first to receive a certification with the most recent LEED interiors version, LEED v4.1 O+M, which focuses on real-time building performance. This new category recognises that sustainability can only be validated through a performance-based approach, marking Alpin Limited a pioneer in the industry. Alpin’s commissioning team in particular were critical in uncovering key aspects of performance optimisation.
The EBOM certification of the INSEAD Middle East Campus primarily recognises the environmentally responsible practices carried out in the building’s operation and maintenance. The system takes into account metrics such as water efficiency, energy efficiency, CO2 emission reductions, and indoor environmental quality. These metrics help identify the level of environmental stewardship and sustainability of the building.

“At Alpin, we relish the challenge of realising our clients’ visions, and turning them in to reality. The cooperative, expert team at INSEAD made it possible with their u commitment to operate a sustainable, environmentally friendly building,” said Owais Yousef, Project Manager at Alpin Limited.

“LEED-EBOM mainly encourages building operators to optimise their operational efficiency and minimise environmental impact of their existing building while taking into account daily operations. The first step – as it usually is for any type of commitment to sustainability – was to track the energy consumption and ‘understand’ the building. We then analysed the building’s cleaning and maintenance issues, recycling and operational programmes to propose system upgrades. We expect to realize high impact results and return on investment in an extremely short time,” he added.

The major significance of the certification lies in the tremendous impact building operations have on student, faculty and staff health, as well as the operational costs and overall environment as experienced by the INSEAD community. This is part of the INSEAD commitment to provide the leaders of tomorrow with the most sustainable facilities today.