The construction works on the new green building in Al Quoz are about to be completed shortly. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and MD, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority ( DEWA ), inspected the building, which is dedicated for the water and civil division at DEWA . This is Dubai’s first government building built according to the highest green building standards. During his visit, Al Tayer was accompanied by Abdullah Obaidullah, Executive Vice President, Water and Civil Division, at DEWA , and Mohammed Al Shamsi, Senior Manger, Civil Engineering Projects.
“In line with the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative announced by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, we have constructed this building in accordance with the highest green building standards and features in the Emirate,” said Al Tayer. “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.”
“The new building will be operated through the building management program, which can manage HVAC 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.”
The building was constructed on a location that enables an excellent use of existing infrastructure. It is situated near a metro station and enjoys high connectivity, and offers bicycle parking places enough for half of the building users, and 5% of its parking places are designated for environmentally-friendly vehicles. In addition, the building’s sewage water is recycled, and the ratio of water saving reaches 45%. The building will be dedicated for the Water and Civil division, which consists of the departments of Water Operation, Maintenance, Projects, and Civil Engineering, in addition to a new center to control water networks (SCADA).
Located on Sheikh Zayed road, the building has a total space of around 340,000 square feet, and consists of a basement, ground floor, and two floors. It also features a state-of-the-art water testing laboratory and a parking lot for 350 vehicles.
Source: Zawya.Com – Press release – 13 August 2012