KSA Pavilion Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

KSA Pavilion has acquired LEED Platinum accreditation, becoming the first Pavilion at EXPO 2020 to achieve this status.

With LEED Platinum being the highest sustainability rating internationally, KSA Pavilion is now positioned amongst the most sustainable developments both within the Expo 2020 site and worldwide. KSA Pavilion is the third building in the UAE to achieve the LEED Platinum V4 rating and the second in built-up area among the three.

LEED certification means greener, more productive buildings, reduced stress on the environment and savings from increased building value, higher lease rates and decreased utility costs.

KSA is the second largest self-build pavilion at Expo 2020 after UAE Pavilion and the largest structure of all the visiting countries. It was an exciting challenge to deliver such a unique project, beginning from excavation, steel structure, façade, finishes and landscape, whilst maintaining the quality standards required for LEED certifications.

Sustainability was considered at every stage of the project: 41% of materials used were from sustainable sources, while 82% of construction waste was recycled. Water efficient fixtures are also expected to reduce consumption by 50% compared to the baseline and energy management strategies adopted will reduce building energy consumption by 25%, external lighting by 25% and landscape lighting by 50%.

What is LEED?

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council – a non-profit organisation committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through
cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

LEED includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.