Andrew Clout, Managing Director of SinoGulf, the development manager and co-developer of International Tower, stated that developing a world class asset has been Eastgate and SinoGulf’s target for the building since inception. LEED is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green buildings and achieving a Gold level was a primary aim for both parties.
“The strength of USGBC has always been the collective strength of our leaders in the building industry," said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. "Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of the building industry in that effort, SinoGulf demonstrates their leadership through their LEED certification of International Tower.”
The 41,000 sqm Grade A commercial tower, developed by SinoGulf and Eastgate with Shariah compliant debt financing provided by ADNIF, was designed to deliver Grade A office space of an international standard to the Abu Dhabi market place to serve multi-nationals, large local corporates and key government institutions. International Tower provides flexible, open floor plans up to 1,750 sqm per floor – making space layout and configuration very straightforward for any size of occupier. International Tower achieved LEED for Building Design and Construction: Core and Shell Development at Gold level for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
International Tower provides true international grade “A” specification with an impressive triple height entrance lobby, efficient rectangular floor plates of 1,700 and 1,750 sqm, an occupancy density of up to 1 person per 8.5 sqm which is the most efficient in the Abu Dhabi market, a 2.7 m finished floor to ceiling height with a capacity for 150 mm raised access floors. The 26 floors are serviced with 12x24 person high speed lifts, ground floor retail and seven levels of car parking serviced with their own elevators.
The full height glazing provides magnificent views over ADNEC and Capital Gate to the south west and the embassy district and Abu Dhabi City to the north. International Tower offers excellent road access from ADNEC to other Abu Dhabi business districts, Abu Dhabi Airport and Dubai via Khaleej Al Arabi and Sheikh Rashed street also known as Airport Road.
LEED certification is increasingly becoming an objective for international developments. At year-end 2013, approximately 42% of all floorspace pursuing LEED certification was located outside the U.S. The United Arab Emirates is only second to China in the top 10 countries of LEED registered & certified buildings as at April 2014. International Tower is the first commercial office building on Abu Dhabi Island to achieve LEED Gold certification.