Pioneering Kuwaiti green building fully compliant with LEED programme
Equate Petrochemical Company, a Kuwait-based global producer of petrochemicals, has recently earned the LEED-Silver Building Design and Construction (BD+C) certification for its new headquarters, making it the first such certified building in the GCC country.
The new headquarters is fully complied with the US Green Building Council LEED program, which is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Extending over 16,500sqm, the Equate headquarters is a pioneer for the program in Kuwait, as it provides an international framework to establish healthy, efficient and cost-saving green buildings.
“From the initial design of this new headquarter, we set our sights on making a difference in the green building movement,” said Sulaiman Albader, Engineering and Construction Department director.
“Our building conserves energy consumption through the reduction of water usage by 36%, utilises solar energy to generate around 8% of the total building consumption, and achieves energy cost savings of 26%, all of which make it an ideal green building in Kuwait. This achievement and all others were realised through the performance excellence of our human capital who deserve utmost appreciation and gratitude.”
The Equate Group is a global producer of petrochemicals and the world’s second largest producer of ethylene glycol (EG). The group has industrial complexes in Kuwait, North America and Europe that annually produce over five million tons of ethylene, EG, polyethylene (PE) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
The products are marketed throughout Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Equate Group’s shareholders include Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC).