As an immediate action to activate the role of this council was the approval of developing a national Green Building Rating System called the Green Pyramid Rating System (GPRS), the council has commissioned to define the framework of a rating system and a national committee has been formed to review and ultimately approve the Green Pyramid Rating System, which is expected to be completed and in place by the end of 2009 or the first quarter of 2010. Recognizing the unique ecological, industrial and social challenges of the region, the rating system will help to define what constitutes an “Egyptian Green Building”. To accomplish that goal, the rating system will build upon the Egyptian BEECs and integrate proven methodologies and techniques used in successful programs from the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.
The Green Pyramid Rating System (GPRS)
here are three levels for green building certification in accordance with the Egyptian GPRS:
- Silver Pyramid
- Golden Pyramid
- Green Pyramid
Unlike other international rating systems, the highest level of certification is labeled “green” rather than platinum. For example, to raise the awareness, confirm that ultimate goal and promote the fact that the most valuable level is reaching “green”.
The initial response by the Construction Industry to establishing a Green Pyramid Rating System and awarding Green Permits was overwhelmingly positive for several reasons including the development of logical and valuable incentive system that would encourage compliance and reward efficiency.
Some of the Egypt-GBC proposed incentives related to a Green Buildings Certification include:
- Access to preferred and prime locations and property per the Government of Egypt
- Financial Assistance including guarantees, credit and insurance
- Utility Concessions
- Equipment support and finance
- Employee support and assistance
Egypt-GBC, a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in Seven key areas:
- Sustainable Sites Development
- Water Saving
- Energy Efficiency and Environment
- Materials Selection and Construction System
- Indoor Environmental Quality
- Innovation and Design Process
- Recycling of Solid Waste