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The First Jordanian Institution to Achieve EDGE Certification

King Hussein Business Park (KHBP) becomes the first Jordanian institution to achieve EDGE Certification for Sustainability and Green Building.

King Hussein Business Park announced that its main Headquarters building has been awarded the “EDGE – Excellence in Design for Higher Efficiency” Green Building Certificate adopted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. The King Hussein Business Park is the first Jordanian institution to receive this certificate, which comes as part of its commitment to the principles and standards of sustainability throughout its buildings and operations.

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The EDGE certification is an important benchmark for green building and a system adopted by more than 140 countries around the world. It focuses on identifying the most cost-effective, efficient design options compatible with the local climate in terms of energy and water efficiency and the use of environmentally friendly building materials.

“This certification comes as part of a comprehensive and systematic strategy that the Business Park is adopting to enhance its positioning as a smart and green hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. The Business Park will adopt this approach throughout the existing buildings as well as the new constructed buildings within the Master plan expansion and will ensure that the same criteria of sustainabe design strategies and high-efficient building systems will be implemented. “

Eng. Soud Soror, CEO of the King Hussein Business Park

This certification was awarded after the success of the Business Park in cutting down its carbon footprint and GHG emissions through reducing energy consumption used for lighting and air conditioning as well as reducing water consumption and the use of environmentally friendly building materials. These procedures were identified and implemented with the assistance of Jordanian experts and engineers accredited by the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

The team leader was Eng. Maysoon Al-Khuraissat, the founder and general manager of  “adaa Sustainable Development Consultants” company, that served as the project’s sustainability consultant in cooperation with “ETA-max Energy and Environmental Solutions”. Eng. Maysoon emphasized on the fact that many existing and newly constructed buildings in Jordan can become more sustainable by adopting inexpensive and cost-effective measures and that this project applied at the business park sets a good example of this as the return of investment of the project is 20 months. The project has successfully achieved 47% savings in energy consumption and 44% savings in water use.

The achieved saving percentages are considered high, according to the head of the international accreditation authority (GBCI), one of the world’s leading green building certification bodies, which also oversees (LEED), and (WELL) international green building certifications. The building was approved to receive the EDGE certification after an international auditor visited the project site to review and approve all the applied efficiency measures.

It is worth noting that the Business Park, a high-quality landmark complex that offers a mixed-use class-A office space that is ready to host local, regional, international companies and start-ups, integrated with a convention center, disaster recovery center, commercial and retail outlets. Companies operating in KHBP enjoy working in a modern and safe workplace, supported by state-of-the-art data and communications network and infrastructure, and a competitive business environment and tax incentives as a development zone.

KHBP today is at 100% occupancy and is now gearing up to implement a major expansion of its already sprawling site in the capital Amman manifested in its Master Plan to develop an additional 1.4 million sqm of land creating an opportunity to development over 3 million sqm built-up area of a mix-use work, live, and play green city