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GORD launches new GSAS certification for outdoor spaces

Under the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD) has launched a new green building certification titled GSAS Green Locale. Designed to minimize the carbon footprint of open-air spaces, GORD’s latest certification draws upon the sustainability principles incorporated within the GSAS framework, offering developers and project owners a comprehensive guide to developing environmentally responsible outdoor spaces.

GSAS Green Locale covers a diverse array of outdoor urban spaces, including recreational areas and public realms such as pedestrian corridors, beaches, parks, community gardens, open-air cinemas and food streets. By promoting environmental sustainability, it aims to enrich the wellbeing of communities while aligning with the broader mission of GSAS to create sustainable urban spaces.

While projects are encouraged to adopt multiple carbon mitigation measures, adherence to certain mandatory measures is required for successful certification. These include reducing energy and water consumption, preserving land and biodiversity, incorporating native vegetation, implementing efficient landscaping practices, and adopting effective waste management measures.

Before the final certification is granted, projects undergo a rigorous evaluation conducted by GSAS Trust experts. This assessment comprises a meticulous review of documentation to verify compliance with GSAS Green Locale requirements for each criterion, coupled with on-site audits to ensure full adherence.

To facilitate a deeper understanding of the GSAS Green Locale certification, a detailed technical manual is now available online, outlining the certification’s scope, the integrated sustainability categories it encompasses, and the step-by-step certification process for developers and project owners.

The certification process for GSAS Green Locale involves the assessment of outdoor spaces based on a set of 17 criteria, each addressing specific environmental concerns and suggesting mitigation strategies. These criteria encompass a wide spectrum of environmental considerations, ranging from energy management, renewable energy, water management, land & biodiversity preservation, waterbody preservation, landscape & vegetation, shading, accessibility, heritage & cultural identity, sustainable materials, materials eco-labeling, sustainable construction, outdoors comfort, waste management, facility management, transportation management, and landscape maintenance.