Summertown Interiors has announced its application for LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) certification.

Observing the implementation of sustainable practices and technologies in commercial and institutional buildings, the certification will aid in Summertown’s commitment towards carbon neutrality by 2020.

Marcos Bish, managing director, Summertown Interiors, said: “We are excited to be taking the next step on our sustainable journey and have already noticed a measurable difference in our consumption goals since embarking on this challenge.”

LEED EBOM’s rating system is divided into four levels based on points achieved on specific targets. These include the introduction of policies related to a building’s operation and maintenance, sustainable purchasing materials, as well as equipment and consumables.

The certification also emphasis the value of human capital and takes into consideration the well-being of employees as a factor for success.

Part of the certification process will see the implementation of a number of modification works, which include water sub meters and the installation of energy monitoring units. Both systems will allow real-time monitoring of resource consumption at Summertown’s existing LEED Gold certified headquarters.

Furthermore, the company will engage in renovation works to its outdoor space, as well as revamping its MEP infrastructure. The latter includes the installation of carbon dioxide sensors that will monitor the quality of air flow within the facility.

“We will continue to pioneer the ‘green’ movement here in the UAE and believe that the LEED EBOM certification process will be a vital tool to further progress our bid in achieving carbon neutrality by 2020,” added Bish.