The Avedisian School will be the first certified “green” building in Armenia
Yerevan, 03 June 2014 – The Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School and Community Center in Yerevan’s Malatia-Sebastia district will be a landmark “green” building and the first international LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building in Armenia.
The Avedisian School is a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) and Edward Avedisian, a trustee at the American University of Armenia and a member of the AMAA Board of Directors. The state of the art school, when it opens in September 2014, will provide a quality education to 570 Armenian students, who will be able to see, feel and move around in a sustainable design and a low-carbon footprint building.
Today, UNDP organized an event showcasing the application of cutting-edge energy saving technologies and environmental standards in the school. Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, Narek Sargsyan, Minister of Urban Development, and Edward Avedisian were joined by Ambassadors, representatives of the diplomatic community, government and the private sector to visit the construction site and to get familiarized and get first-hand information about the environmental benefits of clean technologies and energy efficient solutions applied in the building.
“For UNDP, applying energy efficiency in buildings is critical for Armenia to meet its climate change commitments and to achieve a low-carbon development path. This is an ambitious but achievable goal, which is becoming increasingly affordable with the rapid advance of innovative technologies. We have supported the school as a strategically important project for Armenia, since the country has an immense potential for development of energy efficient technologies and alternative energy sources in the various sectors of economy,” said Bradley Busetto, UN RC/UNDP RR in Armenia.
UNDP provided a grant for thermal insulation and by providing technical expertise including bringing in ideas from the new “green” UN City Building in Copenhagen, Denmark to learn from the experience of its design and construction.
As a result of the application of energy saving and environmentally clean technologies, which ensure low emissions and low running costs, UNDP estimates that energy consumption in the building will be reduced by 30 percent, which is even a stricter criteria than required in the EU and the US. The green roof of the school will provide insulation, lowering heating and cooling costs. Rainwater will be filtered and stored to water plants, shrubs, and provide water for the grass on the soccer field.
UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations UNDP in Armenia was established in March 1993, and supports the government in meeting its development priorities and the Millennium Development Goals.