A high-performance demonstration home built by Saudi Arabia´s Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) has earned Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council´s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. What´s making news is that this is the first single-family home in the Middle East region to earn Leed-Platinum under the Homes International Pilot programme. This is a big achievement for Awadh Al Maker, Executive Vice President-Technology and Innovation, Sabic, along with a good achievement for Sabic and Saudi Arabia, as he reportedly remarks. The 800-sq-m home is designed and built to generate as much electricity as it consumes in a 12-month period. It is part of a three-building, 7,900-sq-m complex that also includes a two-building Collaboration Centre that recently earned Leed-Gold certification from the USGBC´s Leed for New Construction. For Al Maker, this is a significant, tangible proof point of the collaboration the company will facilitate and enable through its Home of Innovation initiative. The home and centre showcase a full complement of the latest commercially available materials, products and integrated systems to yield at least 40 per cent reductions in its overall energy and potable water use compared to other homes in Saudi Arabia. With this facility and initiative, Al Maker is undoubtedly set to help promote more sustainable home building around the region.