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EGL project gets high certification.

Emirates Glass LLC (EGL) has announced that its overseas project -- a contract for the Kalpataru Square development in India -- has won the coveted Platinum certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) Green Building Rating System.

EGL is a leading processor of architectural flat glass in the Middle East and subsidiary of Glass LLC, which is wholly owned by Dubai Investments. The award conferred by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) makes the Kalpataru Square in India the only building outside of the USA, and the sixth around the world, ever to be rated with a Platinum certification according to the guidelines set forth by Leed Core & Shell Version 2.0. Emphasising EGL's commitment to bringing truly green buildings to the UAE and beyond, Maya Zouein, marketing director and head of the technical support team at EGL, said her company, as one of the founding members of the Emirates Green Building Council, had a vested interest in the development of a genuinely sustainable environment in which people could thrive without posing harm to their natural surroundings. "Our contribution, which is in line with the sustainable vision of Dubai as outlined by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler Dubai, is to provide high-performance glass, a main component of any construction project, that satisfies rigorous requirements for aesthetics, ergonomics, and energy efficiency simultaneously."

Emicool used In a matter of four weeks, Emirates Glass completely furnished the building's facade with nearly 5,000 sq m of Emicool-coated glass, a leading range of architectural glass products that block external heat from radiating into the building's interior. Applied with ultra-thin metallic coatings, composed of various elements including silver, zinc, chromium, and titanium, this type of glass reduces the amount of energy required to maintain ambient light and temperature, and thus improves the structure's energy efficiency and ecological sustainability as a whole. "An esteemed recognition by an independent industry committee such as Leed of a project in which Emirates Glass has a direct involvement is yet another milestone in our overall strategy of promoting not only awareness but also the adoption of the concept of sustainable development and environmental responsibility through the implementation of eco-friendly materials and processes in the construction of 21st-century monuments," she further commented. Earlier this year, Emirates Glass initiated a series of training workshops for practising professional firms in the construction, design, and architectural sectors for educating them on different types of glass.

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