WHO WE ARE
When Khouri Group, one of the largest private entrepreneurial group in West Africa, needed to make a difference and separating themselves from the rest of the industries in Africa, it sought sustainability and replicability in the infrastructure and building’s design. Khouri Group teamed up with leaders in the design/build arena and the team chosen to discuss sustainability during the energy crisis in 2007, giving urgency to questions related to energy consumption and grid- dependence. The design team sourced and developed a Sustainability Report in which six levels of sustainability were examined. For each scenario, Khouri Group and their affiliated partners performed energy modeling to predict energy consumption, water use and pollutant emissions, as well as calculating the net present value in Africa. This analysis energized debate about the issue of true replicability and the feasibility of zero environmental impact of buildings and infrastructures. The levels of sustainability were structured using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) Green Building Rating System developed by the US Green Building Council, a tiered method of determining the “greenness” of a building. The LEEDTM system was chosen by the client from amongst several building environmental assessment tools because of its comparative simplicity and because, in the West African context, it shows the best potential for adoption and market transformation. What emerged from the sustainability debate, along with the report, was an innovative matrix which presented, in an accessible visual way, the many facets of sustainability under various scenarios. This matrix makes possible a greatly improved sustainability discussion within any building project design.
Minimizing buildings impact
•They consume 30% if national energy, and 60% of electricity generated.
•They use 5 billion gallons of water per day for water closet flushing.
•They generate up to 2.5 Ibs of waste per square foot during construction.
•They account for 49% of SOx, 25% of NOx, 35% of CO2, and 10% or particulate emissions.
•Stay at the forefront of sustainable design technologies.
•Optimize building skin and orientation.
•Develop and provide design solutions to reduce impact on natural resources.
• Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
•Minimize life cycle costs.
•Minimize capital costs.
•Perform detailed Site and Building Analyses.
•Simulate Building Performance under varying criteria.
•Hands on coordination with the design team.
•Close coordination with clients to best meet their needs.
•Systematic identification of LEED credits that will provide maximum environmental potential for the least cost impact.