Qatar-based Msheireb Properties has appointed Interface Engineering and Green Building Services as site-wide LEED consultant for its signature project in downtown Doha.
Msheireb's mixed-use development project will transform a 31ha site at the centre of Qatar's capital city Doha, comprising commercial and residential properties as well as retail, cultural and entertainment areas.
Msheireb intends to use an original Qatari architectural language for the downtown regeneration project, and aims to have the entire Msheireb project master plan certified as a sustainable community.
More than 100 buildings within the Msheireb project aim for an average LEED Gold rating, with several buildings targeting LEED Platinum.
Under the deal, Interface will develop a site-wide framework and implement individual building strategies with architects for all buildings to achieve LEED certification.
Interface will act as the commissioning authority to achieve the fundamental and enhanced commissioning LEED requirements laid down by the US Green Building Council for all buildings and district cooling plants.
The Msheireb project master plan involves a series of sustainable design objectives, including naturally managing climate issues without an unnecessary reliance on air conditioning, which will be done through the use of shading, split and thicker walls, and an emphasis on a sea-facing, north-south orientation.
The site design uses the prevailing wind and the slope of the land to cool buildings and streets, and colonnades to shade walkways, and will have water efficient systems as well as a central cooling system to use and re-use groundwater.