The newly built Arcadia Preparatory School in Dubai is aiming to achieve LEED certification.
A LEED-accredited building is an internationally-recognised marque of quality and achievement in green buildings and is the most widely-used green building rating system in the world.
The voluntary system uses industry-wide best management practices and standards as the basis for meeting specific criteria within each individual project.
To attain the certification, a building must comply with a number of green construction initiatives such as construction activity pollution prevention, bicycle storage, and changing rooms to encourage staff and pupils to cycle to and from the school, water efficient landscaping, optimise energy performance and water use reduction.
Navin Valrani, CEO of The Arcadia Preparatory School, said: “In aspiring to become a LEED-certified school we are establishing new standards of environmental awareness within the emirate.
“The importance of sustainability – whether it’s recycling, reducing CO2 emissions, using energy-efficient fans and lighting or efficient water usage – is vitally important to instill within the young generation since they are the future guardians of the planet.
"By pursuing the stringent LEED-accreditation process, we are committing ourselves not only to positive climate change but to the wellbeing of our children, staff and wider community."