LEED Certified Sustainable Building for DEWA at Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

LEED Certified Sustainable Building for DEWA at Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Dewa Sustainable Building, Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Office Building at Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates,is the government owned Utility Company which was formed on January 1992. Their objective of making available to the people of Dubai an adequate and reliable supply of electricity and water.

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Project Team:

Client: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA)
Contractor : Diploma Emirates Building Contracting
Architect & MEP : Alturath Engineering Consultants
LEED ® Consultant: Green Technologies FZCO


Project Features:

  • Total Energy Savings of 650KW resulting in 66% savings vs a baseline building as per ASHRAE Standard 90.1 2007
  • Highly Improved Thermal Properties for Building Envelopes such as walls, roof and windows.
  • Use of 38% renewable energy sources such as solar thermal and solar photovoltaic panels
  • 60% Lighting Power Density Reduction vs. ASHRAE Standard 90.1 maximum Lighting Power Density Requirements by using LED
  • Highly Efficient Water Cooled HVAC System
  • Use of Variable Air Volume Systems
  • Reduced Equipment/Plug Load Power Density by using Energy Star Appliances/Computers
  • Energy Simulation to check the impact of each energy conservation measures incorporated in the project
  • Daylighting Strategy thru adequate sizing of Fenestrations
  • Individual Lighting and Thermal Comfort Control for majority of the occupants
  • Use of Occupancy Sensors for Lighting Control on non-regularly occupied areas
  • Demand Controlled Fresh Air Ventilation Systems thru CO2 sensors and outdoor air flow monitoring
  • Use of Heat Recovery Wheel on Fresh Air System
  • Use of water efficient water fixture on toilets.
  • On site water treatment for irrigation and toilet flushing

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In keeping with the company’s vision of becoming a Sustainable world-class utility, the authority has decided to pursue sustainable design for their Office Building at Al Quoz, Dubai. The project involves the development of one 3-storey office building (B + G + 2) with total gross floor area of 337,764 square feet.

The project is completed and occupied on December 2012. The basement is primarily used for the parking and a part of which will be used for facilities such as file/storage room, etc. Part of the ground floor provides space for gymnasium, canteen, nursery, and prayer room. The client has selected LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a design tool for achieving Sustainability, using LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The project achieved the highest certification level, LEED Platinum rating for Government Buildings and has engaged the services of Green Technologies FZCO as their LEED Consultant.

The project incorporated extensive use of renewable energy through photovoltaic and solar hot water system and 100% onsite recycling of wastewater. Energy savings for the building attained 66.1% relative to ASHRAE 90.1-2007. The project uses LED lighting with controls, enthalpy wheel for heat recovery, high efficiency water cooled chillers, and VAV based demand control ventilation to name a few.

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