#003 – Holley Chant: Sustainability – A UAE Perspective
October 14, 2017
Our guest this month is Holley Chant, LEED AP, GSAS CGP, CEEQUAL AP.

Robert and I really enjoyed this discussion, it was great to get Holley’s perspective on performance and sustainability within the built environment. Holley is a powerful example and role model for women within the built environment. 

Holley is the Executive Director of Corporate Sustainability and Commissioning at KEO International Consultants, a 2,500-person organization ranked in ENR’s Top 20 International Project Management Firms and BD World’s Top 100 Architecture firms. Holley has built the firm’s sustainability business from the ground up, driving projects that meet LEED, Estidama, CEEQUAL, and GSAS sustainability standards for both public and private sector clients across the GCC. Prior to KEO, as Estidama Planning Manager at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Holley played an instrumental role in launching the GCC’s 1st mandatory sustainability compliance initiative. She created numerous educational series on the integrative design process for property developers, government authorities, and other high profile individuals in the fundamentals of sustainable building design.

Under Holley’s leadership, KEO Sustainability won the “QGBC Green Service Provider, Building Consultant” Award 2016 in Qatar. Holley is a recipient of the Middle East Consultant Leader of the Year Award in 2016 and the Middle East Architecture Awards Principal of the Year Award (2012). 

Holley has served as the sustainability judge in the Dubai Cityscape Global Awards (2014-2017), The Middle East Hotel Awards (2015) as well as the Middle East Architecture Awards (2016 and 2014).  She has spoken at numerous professional conferences internationally and lectured at educational institutions including Harvard University and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
In this episode, we discuss:

• Performance as a form of beauty
• How sustainability concepts need to be infused into architecture and survive value engineering
• ESTIDAMA, LEED, and much more

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