The government of Dubai has green-lit the Emirates’ first sustainable building and construction is now well underway. The building, which is dedicated to the water and civil division of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), is designed to significantly cut down energy consumption and generate 600kW of electricity using solar power. The project is scheduled to be finished within the next few months.
The building project, which is coming together on Shaikh Zayed Road in Al Quoz, is a massive undertaking and will have a total space of around 340,000 square feet. The Dubai government claims it will be the first of their buildings to be constructed according to the highest green building standards.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and MD of Dewa has said that the entire construction process is being done in accordance with the highest green building standards and features in the emirate, specifically the Green Economy for Sustainable Development Initiative announced by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.
“This step is part of Dewa’s commitment towards sustainability and conserving natural resources, and it is also a part of Dubai’s strategic plan,” said Al Tayer in a statement. He added that the building would operate HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) units in the facility in a way that allows electricity savings and automated control operations.
“The building also follows the standards of saving electricity and water, and has the ability to generate 600kW of electricity using solar power. The facility is also equipped with high efficiency insulatives and smart building systems. It also uses LED technology in lighting, which allows saving 50% of the energy used in order to protect environment as part of our commitment and responsibility towards society,” said Al Tayer.
Using the city’s ever-growing public transport system, the building is situated near First Gulf Bank Metro station and enjoys high connectivity. The building offers bicycle parking places enough for half of the building users and 5% of its parking places are designated for environmentally-friendly vehicles.