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M1 Building - Beirut, Lebanon

 

Client

M1 Real Estate

 

Architect

Jo Geitani Architects (JGA)

 

Location

M1 Buildings
Omar Daouk Street, Mina al Hosn
Beirut Central District
Lebanon
 

Description

The project consists of 3 new interlinked office buildings of 10-storey each with an additional 5 basement levels, totaling around 33,200m2. The three buildings are interconnected by bridges as well as the parking area, in addition to a communal retail platform at the base.

 

Achievement

The Client’s initial aspiration was to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Core & Shell 2009 “Gold” certificate. This objective was raised to LEED Platinum during the course of the project. 


M1 building officially received the LEED PLATINUM certification on July 20th, 2016 after construction completion and commissioning of systems.

 

It is the 1st project in Lebanon to achieve the LEED Platinum rating and the 5th LEED-certified project in the country.



M1 building was also the 1st building in Lebanon to obtain the LEED Pre-Certification for the Gold rating, based on the US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED sustainability scheme.

Gold Pre-Certification was achieved on the 21st of September 2010.                       
 

Brief

We were appointed, in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Group (EEG), during the design phase of this project to integrate the design team as its LEED Sustainability Consultants. Our role throughout the design, tender, and construction stages was to consult on the various LEED credit requirements and sustainability measures to ascertain that the building achieves the LEED Platinum certification.

Our consulting team was thus in charge of reviewing design and tender specifications and advising on the necessary design modifications and subsequent contractor & client commitments to ensure a maximum LEED score is obtained. Our involvement also required ensuring that the design team becomes aware of the LEED requirements and assessment process, since the scheme was newly introduced in Lebanon.

Some of the sustainability measures that have been tackled and now form part of the M1 buildings are: significantly minimizing the project’s water consumption via low-water fixtures, grey-water recycling for WC flushing; reducing energy usage through highly energy-efficient HVAC, lighting systems, low-energy consuming elevators engines; producing onsite renewable electricity through arrays of Photovoltaic Panels installed on the roof; improving internal thermal comfort as well as indoor environmental quality by promoting a smoke-free building and low-toxicity paint & finishes; specifying a large proportion of locally sourced and low-impact materials with recycled content; establishing and adopting a Green Cleaning Policy once the office buildings are in-use. A permanent sustainability display area is also being allocated in the premises to raise the local public awareness about eco-friendly buildings.

 

 

 

 


 

 

Images Courtesy of Jo Geitani Architects and M1 Real Estate.

Did You Know?
 

 

In addition to the 100 points available through compliance with LEED credit requirements, the LEED scheme rewards other sustainability initiatives that are not part of the standard assessment scope. Those points fall under the Innovation in Design (ID) category, whereby up to 6 bonus ID credits are potentially achievable for each project.


M1 Building has pursued one of those ID credits by implementing a permanent sustainability display area within the office buildings. This visible area allows occupants and visitors to learn about the eco-friendly and sustainability features that have been incorporated into the project’s design and operation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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