Alila Jabal Akhdar gets LEED Silver certification
86-key resort becomes first development in Oman to achieve the eco-label
Alila Jabal Akhdar has received the LEED Silver certification in the Building Design and Construction rating system for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The certification makes Alila Jabal Akhdar the first development in Oman to receive the eco label.
In order to receive the LEED certification, buildings are required to meet multiple energy saving and environmental criteria, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.
The hotel was awarded for its use of local materials in the construction phase that minimised its energy usage footprint in the long term. The construction team also implemented a policy of pollution prevention and recycling by re-using local building materials.
The resort incorporates solar panels that provide up to 60% of the energy required for hot water supply and energy saving lighting and thermal control systems.
Alila Hotels & Resorts president Mark Edleson commented: “A sound environment is essential to social wellbeing and business sustainability. We are proud to be partnering Omran in this meaningful quest. At Alila, our vision is to integrate natural conservation, community and commerce hence our green efforts extend to and beyond the operational aspects so that we can make a positive impact on the community – economically, socially and culturally.”
Wael Al Lawati, CEO of Omran, the company that developed the resort, added: "We are proud that the resort is the first development in Oman to achieve this LEED certification and to be recognised internationally for its sustainability credentials. The vision of sustainability for Alila Jabal Akhdar goes beyond the architectural design and construction phase, it also reflects the guiding principles of Omran, as well as the day to day operation and management of the resort which is centred on the principles of sustainability and environmental safety.”
“We have eight other developments in our portfolio that have achieved, or are in the process of achieving, LEED accreditation. Being awarded is a positive motivation that pushes us forward for more developmental achievements that are based on the highest criteria for sustainability. It is our aim to see further Omran projects and developments awarded with LEED certification in the years to come,” he added.
Located 150 kilometres from Muscat, Alila Jabal Akhdar opened in May 2014 and comprises 86 suites.