Firm says the initiative aligns with its JOURNEY 2030 sustainable ambitions
Summertown Interiors has announced that it is offering clients free Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for projects over 2,000 sqm. It is also offering free ECO-Sustainable Summertown Interior Certification (ECO-SSI) for projects that are under 2,000 sqm.
According to a statement from the fit-out contractor, the offer supports its goal to ‘deliver 100% sustainable projects’ as part of its ‘JOURNEY 2030’ sustainability ambitions. Summertown notes that it will offer clients LEED certified level certification free of cost, with the option of silver, gold or platinum level certification at a surcharge.
In a bid to strengthen its position as a sustainable fit-out contractor, the firm introduced its own ‘green standard’, ECO-SSI. This certification is based on six criteria and is said to be comparable to LEED principles: procurement, health and safety, process, waste, energy and water efficiency and innovation. These criteria act as a framework to create sustainable, healthy workplaces that enhance employee happiness and productivity, says the firm.
“We have worked hard over the last 10 years to embed sustainability into every aspect of our business and provide green workplace solutions. Under our JOURNEY2030 sustainability goals we are proud that we can now offer all our clients either our own green standard known as ECO-SSI or free LEED certified level certification. In doing so, we hope to increase the number of sustainable commercial projects in the UAE and deliver workplaces that enhance employee health and happiness, are environmentally friendly and result in operational savings,” says Marcos Bish, MD at Summertown Interiors.
The firm says its ‘JOURNEY2030’ Sustainability Goals consists of three 2030 ambitions; to deliver 100% sustainable projects, improve workplace happiness and well-being and achieve zero company waste to landfill. Each measurable goal is said to align to one of the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and the UAE’s sustainable development programme.
Bish concluded, “By aiming to have all Summertown projects meet externally accredited green and sustainability standards by 2030, we are doing our part to make the cities of the UAE resilient and sustainable – aligning with the UN’s SDG 11. More sustainable workplaces also mean we are contributing to combating climate change and stemming its impact – under the UN’s SDG 13.”