Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Dubai's Jumeirah Village Circle has become the early years' centre in the Middle East to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for its eco-friendly building initiatives.
Set to open in July 2016, the pre-school has been designed with environmental sustainability and reduction of carbon footprint firmly in mind. Throughout the building process 25% of the nursery's construction material is recycled, with 25% of the actual construction material itself having been imported within an 800km radius, thereby saving on carbon emissions.
Post-construction, the AC will be switched off automatically upon opening windows, AC drain water is recycled and re-used for irrigation, and each of the 15 classrooms will incorporate energy-efficient fans and lighting.
Monica Valrani, CEO of Ladybird Nursery and Early Learning Centre noted: "Research is now pointing to long-term respiratory illnesses that can arise as a result of sick buildings and we want to ensure that our children will be protected from those sorts of effects with the creation of Ladybird Early Learning Centre."
Additionally, Arcadia Preparatory School, which will also open in the JVT neighbourhood in August, is striving to be eco-friendly school by introducing a number of green building initiatives in its construction and operations.
Being developed under the group's Arcadia EduPlan model, the school has already won recognition for its =design when it was shortlisted for last year's 'Education Project of the Year' category at the annual Middle East Architect Awards. The school has been designed and built with environmental sustainability in mind for which it is also hoping to achieve LEED recognition.
Commenting on the green initiatives, Arcadia Preparatory School CEO Navin Valrani said: "The importance of sustainability whether it's recycling, reducing CO2 emissions, using energy-efficient fans and lighting or efficient water usage is vitally important to instill within the young generation since they are the future guardians of the planet. By pursuing the stringent LEED-accreditation process we are committing ourselves not only to positive climate change but to the wellbeing of our children, staff and wider community."