Green Buildings in Jordan: Applying LEED to Aqel Residence
The book ‘Green Buildings in Jordan: Applying LEED to Aqel residence’ documents the design and construction of a residence in Amman-Jordan that followed LEED v4 for Homes credits criteria from a scholarly perspective. The significance of this book is twofold. Firstly, only 8 buildings in Jordan attained LEED certification with no residence pursuing LEED for Homes and despite the fact that 80% of buildings are residential; the question posited here is what deters Jordanian homes from pursuing LEED? Secondly, due to lack of green homes as case studies and demonstration projects for learning in practice and academia, the documented knowledge, challenges, and recommendations from an actually built Jordanian house are openly available to the housing concerned parties and the general public through this book. The book is 192 pages of size (A4-Portrait) and is divided into 7 main sections. The first section introduces the project’s design in the context of Jordan and the study’s objectives and methodology. The second section provides a background about LEED’s implementation internationally and in Jordan. The third section presents the credits checklist that residence followed, hypothetically achieving Gold certification level. It is in the fourth section that each LEED category and credit are further examined for their ease of applicability to the residence, verified with documents and calculations, and followed with commentary on faced shortcomings if the points were not achieved. The fifth section elaborates on the gathered data and concludes with the following outcomes:
- What the project was able to achieve in compliance with LEED credits criteria that was in line with the construction, social and economic culture of Jordan.
- What the project was not able to achieve in compliance with LEED credits criteria which clashed with the reality of construction, social and economic constraints of Jordan. The reasons for non-compliance stems from several shortcomings resulting in:
*Recommendations for LEED to accommodate for non-north American construction.
*Recommendations for the Jordanian construction market to become more equipped to fully adopt green homes, according to LEED standards.
The sixth section includes all the references of the book, and the final section contains the homeowner education manual as an annex.
Since the intent of the book is educational in nature, it complements the theoretical with the practical justification to follow an acclimated LEED for Homes version to Jordan based on four year duration of documenting Aqel’s residence. All certified LEED buildings go through a relentless documentation and verification process to ensure LEED credits compliance, and usually such process is not ‘documented’ and transpired to other interested entities, as it becomes internalized and copyrighted to the consultant, owner and design team. This book encompasses the authors’ analysis of challenges in the residential sector and opportunities of improvement to design greener homes in Jordan as an open source of shared knowledge to interested building sector stakeholders.