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Danube: District cooling not cost-effective for us

Dubai-based developer Danube Properties removes district cooling from its under-construction development, Dreamz by Danube.

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Danube Properties, a developer based in Dubai, has not implemented district cooling technology at its under-construction development in the UAE, company officials told Construction Week.

Following a decision taken “a year ago”, Danube Properties removed the widely-popular district cooling system from its plans for Dreamz by Danube, an affordable housing community comprising 171 townhouses, in Dubai's Al Furjan area.

Aatif Rahman, head of property development at Danube Properties, said the move was made after the company found that district cooling "hasn’t proven to be successful and cost-effective for villa communities”.

“If done right, it does provide cost-effectiveness in multi-storey buildings”, Rahman told Construction Week. “We’re offering standalone air-conditioning systems [at the development].”
Construction work is carrying on in full swing at the development, which is scheduled to open by September 2016.

"I’ve been in negotiations with some air conditioning service providers. We are most probably going for conventional systems comprising VRF [variable refrigerant flow] technology, which provides apt cooling for villas with savings on power bills," Rahman continued.

“We separately negotiated that with Nakheel [master-developer of Al Furjan], after going through several studies and research works on some of the live developments where district cooling is implemented, but isn’t as cost-effective with fixed monthly charges,” he added.

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