WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 9, 2014)
The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) has recognized DHA City Karachi, Pakistan for its use of the Envision Rating System to plan a new suburb of 600,000 people. The suburb, which is currently under construction, uses Envision as a template for weaving together several different kinds of infrastructure into a single community sustainability profile.
In formally recognizing the project, DHA City Karachi (DCK), in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., ISI President and CEO William Bertera noted that this is the first known application of the Envision tool to a whole city, and that the result speaks highly of Pakistan’s commitment to sustainability.
Leading the workshop, which described the project in detail, were lead consultants Inam Ahmed Osmani, Chairman of Osmani & Company, Arif Osmani, Project Team Leader and Brig. (Retired) Muhammad Rafique, the Project Director representing the DHA City of Karachi. Professor Spiro Pollalis of Harvard University and a key resource for the project shared his experience with sustainable cities generally, with specific reference to the Karachi project. Also present were dignitaries from the Pakistan Embassy and Karachi community leaders.
The project itself has been designed from the ground up. The design of the community, which is intended to be the first of several, takes advantage of the latest technologies for heating, cooling, managing wastes, transportation, water and energy use, each of which was modeled before construction began.