Smart City Malta is committed to sustainable development that will protect its environment and provide people employed or living there with comfortable, productive and healthy places for work and leisure. In fact, the project is the first township development in Malta to register for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) certification.
Leed, developed by the US Green Building Council, is a certification programme for assessing sustainable building design, construction and operation. Leed-certified buildings utilise and maximise the use of key resources more efficiently than conventional buildings. This, in turn, creates healthier work and living environments which contribute to higher productivity and improved employee health and comfort.
SCM01 was the first building in Malta and in Smart City Malta to be awarded Leed silver certification by the council. SCM02 and SCM03, the two other office blocks being now completed, are also in final stage towards official Leed silver certification.
All these blocks incorporate facilities for more efficient use of energy, lighting, water and material use, besides integrating several sustainable strategies. Leed certification of these three buildings is based on green design and construction features that safeguard the project, staff, and the wider community.
Measures at SCM01 have cut the annual irrigation water consumption by 52.3 per cent and energy consumption by 17.6 per cent.
More than 10 per cent of the total building material and products used have been extracted, harvested and manufactured within 500 miles of project site, and 13.97 per cent of that material is comprised exclusively of pre- and post-consumer recycled content.
Through the adoption of these sustainable measures, a Leed-certified building saves money, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the community at large.
‘Green’ buildings are and will continue to be highly energy and resource efficient, contributing to an overall reduction in waste and pollution throughout Smart City Malta. As part of an international work-live-play business park with localised practices, these ‘smart’ buildings adapt well to local site conditions, which makes them flexible and suitable for long-term functionality. This efficient performance has a positive effect on the carbon footprint of Smart City Malta, by reducing carbon dioxide emissions generated by daily building operations.
Measures have cut energy consumption by 17.6 per cent
The completion of the Laguna Walk and the new four Smart City Malta buildings in Phase Two – SCM02, SCM03, SCM04 and SCM05 – is fast approaching.
The Laguna Walk at Smart City Malta is the island’s only lagoon district. Situated at its very heart and complementing the SCM04 and SCM05 buildings dedicated to food and beverage outlets, there is the lagoon, a man-made, geometric water space, with a light and sound dancing fountain in its centre. This will be ringed by a shaded, verdant promenade boasting tasteful contemporary architecture.
The Laguna Walk will also incorporate an auditorium and grand steps, looking out onto the beautiful and expansive lagoon and further onto the open sea.
Smart City Malta will also encapsulate shopping boulevards and residential areas, which will enable Ricasoli to become the region’s premier business and leisure destination.