Fit-out contractor Summertown Interiors is now offering all clients free Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for projects over 2,000 sqm; and free ECO-Sustainable Summertown Interior Certification (ECO-SSI) for projects under 2,000 sqm.
The offer, according to the firm, supports its goal to ‘deliver 100% sustainable projects’ as part of its new ‘JOURNEY 2030’ sustainability ambitions.
For all interior projects over 2,000 sqm, Summertown will offer clients LEED certified level certification free of cost, with the option of silver, gold or platinum level certification at a surcharge. The fit-out contractor will also assist clients seeking certification under the WELL Building Standard and other external sustainability accreditations, if requested.
Summertown has additionally introduced its own new ‘green standard’, ECO-SSI. The certification will be offered free of cost to all client for projects under 2,000 sqm and is based on six criteria, comparable to the global LEED principles: procurement, health and safety, process, waste, energy and water efficiency and innovation. These criteria act as a framework to create sustainable, healthy workplaces that enhance employee happiness and productivity.
"We have worked hard over the last 10 years to embed sustainability into every aspect of our business and provide green workplace solutions. Under our JOURNEY2030 sustainability goals we are proud that we can now offer all our clients either our own green standard known as ECO-SSI or free LEED certified level certification. In doing so, we hope to increase the number of sustainable commercial projects in the UAE and deliver workplaces that enhance employee health and happiness, are environmentally friendly and result in operational savings," said Marcos Bish, managing director at Summertown Interiors.
Summertown’s ‘JOURNEY2030’ Sustainability Goals consists of three 2030 ambitions – to deliver 100% sustainable projects, improve workplace happiness and well-being, and achieve zero company waste to landfill. Each measurable goal is aligned to one of the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and the UAE’s sustainable development programme.
Bish added: "By aiming to have all Summertown projects meet externally accredited green and sustainability standards by 2030, we are doing our part to make the cities of the UAE resilient and sustainable - aligning with the UN’s SDG 11. More sustainable workplaces also mean we are contributing to combating climate change and stemming its impact – under the UN’s SDG 13."