DEWA opens Platinum-rated sustainable building
New Al Quoz site design reduces energy consumption by 66%
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has opened DEWA’s brand new Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, Dubai. The building is the largest government building in the world to receive a LEED Platinum rating for its ‘green’ design.
The new building has an energy efficiency performance level of more than 66% using additional insulation in its walls and roof, as well as special gas to reduce heat transfer into the building. The site also has an on-site 660kW solar power plant to provide its own renewable energy.
“The new building, which occupies 340,000 square feet is part of our ‘Green Buildings’ initiative to achieve the highest levels of efficiency in the consumption of electricity and water. The building has been completed as per DEWA’s Green Building regulations, with recycled materials accounting for 36% of the total construction materials used. The building has a laboratory to ensure that the quality of water conforms to all the environmental standards applicable to green buildings around the world. In addition, the building has a fully automated control panel to control the cooling, and air conditioning systems, and a number of ventilation units, to reduce energy consumption,” said DEWA’s EVP of water and civil.