Green Building Consultant

Over a decade of expertise in pushing the boundaries of healthful and sustainable development in LEED, WELL, Estidama, Mostadam & BREEAM.

By definition, a green building is a development that is environmentally sound and resource efficient. It is designed to reduce the impact on the built and natural environment and the health of its occupants, by weighing up everything from the construction materials to the efficient use of energy. Our team of Green Building Consultants has helped developers, contractors and consultants implement Green Building best practices in their organizations and projects. The Alpin team works tirelessly to ensure our clients’ success.

Our sustainable building consultancy team includes the top green building consultants in the United Arab Emirates and the wider GCC Region. We have more than a decade of experience in sustainable design consultancy and we serve clients in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and worldwide. We’ll help you meet even the strictest of green building certifications, and ensure your development continues to perform efficiently throughout its entire lifecycle.

A Trusted Green Building Consultant: International Rating Certifications

Our team has more than a decade of experience in working with several global rating system standards and project types. Our green building consultancy services include the following green certifications and standards:

  • LEED BD+C (New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools)
  • LEED EBOM (Existing Buildings and Operations)
  • LEED Zero
  • LEED for Homes
  • LEED ID+C (Interiors)
  • Estidama Pearl Communities
  • Estidama Pearl Buildings
  • Estidama Pearl Villas
  • GSAS (All Typologies, Sports, Rail, etc.)
  • BREEAM International
  • Mostadam
  • CEEQUAL
  • DGNB
  • WELL

Construction Certification Management

We work with GBCI, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, GORD, The BRE, WELL Institute and DGNB to provide the following services:

  • On-site Construction Supervision
  • Material Tracking and Verification
  • Training and Development
  • Waste Management
  • ESC Management
  • IAQ Management

Why Green Building Certification is so important

With the global population growing at a phenomenal rate, there is more demand on the world’s resources than ever before. At Alpin, we believe that we all have a responsibility to help shape developments that support a more sustainable future. Today there are many regional, national and international building certification systems that are set up to address this goal, including LEED (USA-International), BREEAM (UK-International), Estidama (Abu Dhabi), GSAS (Qatar), and DGNB (Germany).

Our Approach to Green Building Certification

As a leading LEED, WELL, and Estidama consultancy firm in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait City, Doha, and worldwide, our experienced team has been involved in more than 50 LEED consulting projects worldwide and are adept at identifying and implementing strong sustainable design strategies. We’re with you from the very start of your project, and work closely with building owners and design teams from pre-design right through to construction to ensure your building will meet even the most stringent of green standards. We also offer sustainable design charrettes in the very early stages. These intensive planning sessions are aimed at bringing everyone together to help establish mutual project goals for sustainable design and energy efficiency. As well as offering your project team the best sustainable solutions, we’ll also handle all the necessary paperwork for your green building certification.

Our Green Building Consultant Services and WELL Certification Services

Design Certification Management

We’ve worked on a vast range of LEED, Estidama, GSAS and DGNB projects so you can rest assured we’ll help you meet the sustainable design standards you require.

Well™ Certification

By enhancing the quality of life for a building’s occupants, WELL concepts can help your project command higher rents, attract and retain the most talented employees and pay you dividends in both the short and long-term.

Waste Strategies

We provide innovative waste management solutions and management plans, to help minimize waste, encourage re-use and recycling, to help you save on costs and operate more sustainably.

Water Usage

We take a detailed look at your project’s water supply and wastage to see how we can minimize water demand. We’ll suggest resource saving strategies such as low flush toilets and water taps, waterless urinals and more. By also looking at the possibility of using condensate water collection, dual piping and more solutions, we are often able to reduce water use by 50% less than EPA baselines.

Indoor Air Quality Management

Poor indoor air that is badly ventilated or contaminated by gases and air pollutants can have a big impact on the health and comfort of your building’s occupants. We’ll analyze the quality of your indoor environment to help implement Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) guidelines based on SMACNA Guidelines for Occupied Buildings Under Construction.

Renewable Energy Strategies

We develop renewable energy strategies for individual buildings, or on a site-wide basis for master planned developments. We begin by conducting a feasibility study to identify the most suitable technologies, before carrying out a full technical and financial evaluation to determine the best possible approach for your project.

Daylighting

Our experts can aid in designing buildings that maximizes the use of natural light. Not only does this help you save precious energy resources and cut down on costs, it also makes for a healthier space for your occupants.

Coordinating with Certification Bodies

We’ll liaise directly with the Certification Bodies (Estidama, GBCI, GORD) and organize and submit any necessary paperwork for you.

Energy Modeling

As part of our green building consultant services, we use state-of-the-art software and hardware to help predict how much energy your building will consume. This allows us to pinpoint and implement innovative energy solutions, which will help you save you resources and operational costs.

WELL Certifications Abu Dhabi

Well™ Certification

WELL is the world’s first building standard that focuses exclusively on human health and wellness.

Developed by designers, medical professionals, psychologists and a host of other experts, the WELL Building Standard lays down an impressive blueprint for increasing the health rating of buildings and their interiors. Projects incorporating WELL features quickly see vast improvements in occupants’ productivity, creativity and retention, both in the short and long-term.

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Green Building Services In Abu Dhabi

Mostadam Certification - KSA

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BREEAM Certification

BREEAM is the UK's preferred environmental rating and sustainability assessment tool for master planning infrastructure and buildings. A BREEAM assessment relies on creating sustainable value throughout the stages of a life cycle of a building, including those that are new construction, refurbishment, and in-use.

BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance. It is internationally recognized, with over 500,000 certificates issued across 77 countries.

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LEED Certifications

White Paper: LEED Costs, Benefits and ROI (Energy, Water, CapEx, Health and Productivity)

When it comes to the decision making process for real-property investments, first cost savings are often a priority over green building and sustainable life cycle creation. A perceived lack of information about the actual costs and benefits of green buildings has led, in some cases, to concerns about whether to make a higher investment.

Learn more about the costs and benefits of leed certification and ROI.

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Green Building

White Paper: Energy Modeling + BIM,
Integrated At Last: Real-time operational energy and cost analysis throughout design and construction

As the world moves rapidly towards a more sustainable future, the design and construction of high-performance buildings has become the aspiration of developers on a global scale. In order to bring high-performance design to life, developers and designers alike need to adopt novel processes and abandon timeworn and out of date practices.

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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US


“On the whole, I was delighted with Alpin’s team, their professional and friendly manner and, above all, a pragmatic consultancy approach aimed at maximizing the value of BREEAM for all stakeholders. I have no hesitation in recommending Alpin to support you in your next sustainability project or initiative.”

Ted Young,
Al Zahia Project Head on behalf of Sharjah Holding Co. PJSC and Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Green Building Certifications are third-party assessments that recognize and validate environmentally responsible and sustainable practices in construction and operation. These certifications, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), or Estidama evaluate factors like energy efficiency, water conservation, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.

The value of Green Building Certifications lies in their ability to promote sustainable practices across the construction industry. They provide a standardized framework for measuring and communicating the environmental performance of buildings. By achieving certification, a building demonstrates a commitment to reducing its environmental impact, lowering resource consumption, and promoting occupant well-being. Moreover, certified buildings often enjoy cost savings through improved efficiency, enhanced marketability due to growing environmental awareness, and potential incentives such as tax benefits or rebates. Overall, Green Building Certifications contribute to a more sustainable built environment and align with global efforts to address climate change.

Green building consultants play a crucial role in helping clients design, construct, and operate environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. Their expertise covers a wide range of areas related to sustainable construction practices and green building certifications. Here are some of the primary responsibilities and tasks that green building consultants typically perform:

  • Sustainability Assessment: Consultants assess the sustainability goals and objectives of a building project. They work with clients to understand their environmental, energy, and resource efficiency targets.
  • Certification Guidance: Green building consultants provide guidance on various green building certification programs, such as LEED, BREEAM, or local sustainability standards. They help clients choose the most appropriate certification path and guide them through the certification process.
  • Design and Construction Recommendations: Consultants offer recommendations for sustainable design and construction practices. This includes suggestions for energy-efficient HVAC systems, renewable energy integration, water conservation strategies, and eco-friendly materials.
  • Energy Modeling: They often conduct energy modeling to evaluate the building’s energy performance, identify areas for improvement, and optimize energy efficiency.
  • Materials Selection: Consultants assist in selecting sustainable building materials and finishes that meet environmental criteria while also considering factors like durability, cost, and availability.
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: They address indoor air quality and occupant comfort by recommending ventilation systems, daylighting strategies, and low-emission materials.
  • Waste Reduction: Green building consultants help clients minimize construction waste and manage waste disposal through recycling and reuse strategies.
  • Lifecycle Cost Analysis: They may perform lifecycle cost analyses to demonstrate the financial benefits of sustainable building practices, including reduced operating costs over the building’s lifespan.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Consultants keep clients informed about local building codes, regulations, and incentives related to sustainability and ensure that projects meet these requirements.
  • Monitoring and Verification: Some consultants offer post-construction services, including monitoring and verification of building performance to ensure that sustainability goals are maintained.
  • Education and Training: They may provide training to project teams and contractors to ensure that everyone involved understands and implements sustainable practices effectively.
  • Documentation and Reporting: Consultants assist in preparing the necessary documentation and reports required for green building certification, ensuring that all requirements are met.

Green building consultants work collaboratively with architects, engineers, contractors, and building owners to integrate sustainable practices into every phase of a construction project. Their expertise helps clients achieve their sustainability goals, reduce environmental impact, and potentially realize long-term cost savings.

Some of the most widely used Green Building Certifications include:

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design): Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is one of the most recognized international green building certification programs. It covers various aspects such as energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainable materials.
  • BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method): Originating in the UK, BREEAM is widely used globally. It assesses buildings based on factors like energy and water use, health and well-being, and ecological impact.
  • Green Star: This certification system is prominent in Australia and evaluates the environmental performance of buildings and communities. It covers areas like energy and emissions, water, materials, and innovation.
  • ENERGY STAR: While not exclusively a green building certification, ENERGY STAR, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is widely used for certifying energy-efficient buildings and products.
  • DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen): Developed in Germany, DGNB evaluates buildings based on ecological, economic, sociocultural, and functional criteria.
  • WELL Building Standard: Focused on occupant health and well-being, WELL certification assesses factors like air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, and comfort in buildings.
  • Living Building Challenge: This certification, provided by the International Living Future Institute, goes beyond environmental sustainability and challenges projects to achieve net-positive impacts on the environment.
  • Estidama Pearl Rating System (Abu Dhabi, UAE): Estidama, which means sustainability in Arabic, is the sustainability initiative of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. The Pearl Rating System assesses buildings based on four pillars: sustainability, environmental, economic, and cultural.
  • GSAS (Global Sustainability Assessment System – Qatar): Developed by the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD) in Qatar, GSAS is a comprehensive certification system that covers various aspects of sustainability, including energy, water, and environmental impact.
  • Mostadam (Saudi Arabia): The Saudi Green Building Forum promotes sustainable building practices in Saudi Arabia and has its own Sustainable Building Initiative, which includes guidelines and certifications for green construction.

These certifications cater to various aspects of sustainability, and their widespread use indicates a global commitment to creating more environmentally friendly and resource-efficient buildings.

Achieving green building certification involves a structured process that varies depending on the specific certification program being pursued. However, the general steps and principles for achieving green certification typically include the following:

  • Define Sustainability Goals: The first step is to establish clear sustainability goals for the building project. This includes defining objectives related to energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, materials selection, and other key sustainability criteria.
  • Select a Certification Program: Choose a green building certification program that aligns with the project’s goals and scope. Common programs include LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), Green Star, or local/regional certification systems.
  • Engage a Green Building Consultant: Many building projects benefit from the expertise of a green building consultant or sustainability expert who can guide the certification process, offer recommendations, and ensure compliance with the chosen certification standards.
  • Integrate Sustainability into Design: During the design phase, incorporate sustainable strategies into the building’s plans. This may involve optimizing energy efficiency, selecting eco-friendly materials, designing for natural ventilation and daylighting, and planning for water conservation.
  • Documentation and Data Gathering: Collect data and documentation that demonstrate compliance with the certification program’s requirements. This includes architectural plans, engineering specifications, energy models, material data, and other relevant documentation.
  • Construction and Implementation: Execute the construction phase while adhering to the sustainable design principles established earlier. Contractors and subcontractors should follow sustainable construction practices, use approved materials, and implement energy-efficient systems.
  • Commissioning and Testing: Verify that the building’s systems and components operate as intended through a commissioning process. This ensures that energy, water, and indoor environmental quality goals are met.
  • Post-Construction Evaluation: After the building is completed, a final evaluation is conducted to confirm that all sustainability goals have been achieved. Any deficiencies are addressed and rectified.
  • Submission of Documentation: Compile and submit all required documentation to the certification body for review. This typically includes project plans, reports, test results, and other evidence of compliance.
  • Certification Review: The certification body reviews the submitted documentation and assesses the project’s compliance with the certification program’s criteria. This may involve site visits and additional assessments.
  • Certification Award: If the project successfully meets all criteria, the certification body grants the green building certification at an appropriate level (e.g., LEED Platinum, Gold, Silver, etc.).
  • Ongoing Monitoring and Reporting: Some certification programs require ongoing monitoring and reporting of building performance to ensure that sustainability goals are maintained throughout the building’s life cycle.

It’s important to note that the specific requirements and processes for green building certification can vary widely depending on the chosen program and region. Therefore, it’s essential to consult the certification program’s documentation and work closely with experienced professionals, such as green building consultants, to navigate the certification process successfully.

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