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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's New 'Green Building' Underway
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's New 'Green Building' Underway

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The 340,000 square foot building, located on Shaikh Zayed Road in Al Quoz, will make use of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) units in linked to smart building systems.

 

This will allow the facility to save energy while keeping those who work within the building cool comfortable in the UAE’s notoriously hot climate while minimizing the building’s environmental footprint. Much of the energy used to power the building will be generated via a 600 kilowatt capacity solar power system; high efficiency insulation and LED lighting are among the technologies that will be used to make smart use of that power.

Another key aspect of the building’s green profile is the fact that it is conveniently located in terms of public transportation. Dubai’s ever-growing public transport system is easily accessible from the new DEWA building, as the First Gulf Bank Metro station stands just a few steps away. But for those who’d rather get a little exercise on their daily commute, the building offers enough bicycle parking places for half of the building’s users to make the trip via pedal power.

There are benefits for those who choose eco-friendly vehicles as well, with 5 percent of the building’s parking places reserved for electric vehicles/hybrids.

“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 Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and MD of Dewa, in a statement.

All told, the building was designed to significantly cut its energy consumption, which is in line with the government agency’s recent efforts to keep pace with the UAE’s increased electricity demands in part by increasing its efficiency.











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