UAE: Students’ project may qualify for Oman’s 1st LEED-certified building

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Green Salalah Accommodation Project launched by a team comprising two students from Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS) and 13 students from various other colleges in Oman was adjudged the best project at the Muscat Youth Summit 2014 held recently in Salalah.
The project presented a blueprint for building green dwellings in the Old Mirbat region of Salalah that could qualify for Oman’s first-ever LEED certification.

MCBS students Omar Said Al Musharfi and Salim Ayyad Al Busaidi are pursuing a Bachelor’s in Airport Management and Bachelor’s in Aviation Management, respectively.

The team received a cash prize of OMR3000 to kick-start the project which outlines a comprehensive strategy to revamp the Old Mirbat settlement, an ancient colony of several abandoned ramshackle houses, keeping intact their architectural and cultural essence. The team won the title beating six other projects.

“We will work to restore as many as 39 houses of the Mirbat settlement as part of the project and turn them into eco-friendly, affordable and sustainable tourist accommodations. These properties will have efficient water recycling systems and consume minimum electricity. The Mirbat project will help bring international focus on the culture and architectural heritage of Dhofar, boosting tourism,” said Omar.

The project will use only local building materials.

Experts from the Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ithraa), Ministry of Tourism, Omran and Oxy Oman judged the projects.

 

Source: Times of Oman

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