Grundfos’ regional headquarters in Dubai has been awarded LEED Platinum Certification for Operations and Maintenance – an internationally recognised mark of excellence for Green Buildings.
The 4,456 sqm multi-purpose complex, built back in 2002, hosts a factory, service centre and an office which serves the region with sustainable water solutions.
In the UAE, Grundfos has joined the ranks of 11 buildings and that have secured LEED Platinum certifications for Operations & Maintenance.
Aside from being a regional base, it also serves as a training centre where engineers, consultants and customers receive hands-on training and interact with cloud-based water solutions in the region.
Speaking about the achievement, Kostas Poulopoulos, area managing director of GGD, says that earning the LEED Platinum certification is a moment of pride for everyone in the company.
“We’re proud to be one of the very few facilities in the UAE to achieve this recognition, and this truly reflects our purpose of driving sustainability not only through our solutions but also in how we operate as a business.
"We looked into how we can be sustainable through our entire business operation and did not leave any stone unturned along the way.”
Though the actual certification process took about a year, GGD has been tirelessly working on becoming climate positive way back.
Kostas added: “Several years ago, we switched to using LED lights and upgraded our chiller management system which resulted in at least 70% reduced associated electricity consumption.
"We also save 25,000 litres of water annually by disinfecting and recycling our water for our ISO certified pump testbeds.“
As a result, water consumption has decreased by 54% while electricity consumption has decreased by 90% since 2017.
During the end of March, Grundfos also activated solar panels on the facility which now provides at least 60% of their energy requirements.
The panels yield 310,000kWh of energy per year and allow Grundfos to avoid at least 210,000kg of C02 emissions annually. This move further boosts their company’s objective of becoming climate positive by 2030.
“Being a water and climate company, we are obliged to pioneer solutions to address the world’s most pressing water and climate challenges and adopt these practices in how we operate also,” added Kostas.