Published November 7, 2023 | Version v1
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Advancing Sustainable Development Goals through Green Building Certifications: A Case Study of the DEWA Sustainable Building

  • 1. ROR icon Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University


In the quest for sustainable construction practices, green building concepts have emerged as powerful tools. This study delves into the impact of green building certifications, notably LEED, BREEAM, and the WELL Building Standard, with a specific focus on the DEWA Sustainable Building project. Utilizing a comprehensive methodology that incorporates interviews and a systematic review of pertinent articles, this research assesses the efficacy of these certifications in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It examines their role in reducing energy consumption, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and minimizing the environmental footprint.

The DEWA Sustainable Building serves as a remarkable case study, achieving an impressive 66% energy savings across 236,996 square feet. This accomplishment is attributed to its platinum-level certifications, the utilization of recycled construction materials (36%), and the deployment of a 660 kW solar power plant. The study underscores the positive influence of green certifications on resource efficiency, natural ventilation, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality, which resonate with SDGs aimed at promoting clean energy, sustainable cities, and responsible consumption. Despite differing perspectives, this research reveals that factors such as certification levels, building types, and sustainable material choices play pivotal roles in achieving energy-saving objectives. Ultimately, this study emphasizes the transformative potential of green building certifications in advancing sustainability and creating healthier environments, aligning with global initiatives to attain the SDGs.



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