Building Energy Efficiency with Smart Buildings

Building Energy Efficiency with Smart Buildings in UAE

Smart Buildings in UAE: Building energy efficiency is also referred to as “green” or “sustainable” construction. It describes the design and construction of smart buildings that prioritize increased energy efficiency in UAE.

Smart buildings in UAE: The idea seeks to promote inhabitant wellbeing while lessening buildings’ effects on environmental issues. In the effort to build a sustainable future and the era of rising oil prices, UAE is also promoting EVs – electric vehicles (use of gravity batteries) and the use of wind and solar energy. With the vulnerability of energy industry towards cyberattacks, the country is also promoting the importance of cybersecurity.

It is encouraging and crucial to see that many of the big infrastructure projects and new buildings that are being built in the Middle East are being planned with a sustainable future in mind. As cities and people expand throughout the region, the most recent generation of building projects is progressively incorporating cutting-edge ecological solutions from the ground up. However, the initiatives being taken to reduce energy use in the area’s older, already-existing structures are equally significant. It has also made Dubai: a sustainable and smart city to live in.

In order to mandate energy efficiency in buildings, particularly during construction, government authorities will still need to create more specific policies and procedures throughout the United Arab Emirates (one of the largest oil producing countries in the world). These rules can take a variety of forms, such as requiring contractors to be licensed based on their energy efficiency, requiring procurement procedures that consider the total cost of ownership rather than just the cost of construction, and requiring advanced modeling and simulations to estimate the energy consumption footprint before construction as part of the procurement process.

Example – Barjeel, Ras Al Khaimah’s Green Building Regulations, which will apply to all the new constructions that will happen in this emirate. Connected to its strategy, it is one of the most significant initiatives in terms of its contribution toward the total energy reduction goals. Beginning on January 29, 2019, there will be a one-year voluntary phase, after which Barjeel approval is required for all building developments. Barjeel-compliant buildings have a 30% reduction in energy and water use compared to conventional construction methods, with a further goal of doubling these reductions by 2040.

To be certified, the building needs to fulfill all the five aspects. They are:

Smart Buildings UAE - Green or Sustainable Buildings - Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy


Smart Buildings in UAE – Green or Sustainable Buildings – Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy

UAE is currently retrofitting its existing building. Retrofit meaning is to refurbish old buildings to enhance their energy and water consumption level and reduce the overall operational costs. These enhancements could include system efficiencies, lowering the demand, and installing renewable energy.

Successful retrofits lead to an improvement in the space’s overall indoor environmental quality (environmental management) and occupant comfort. The potential implications of retrofits, as measured by payback times and total benefits to the building’s owners and operators, are a crucial component in determining their success and profitability.

Older buildings need to be retrofitted since they are one of the main sources of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and provide excellent targets for the implementation of national demand-side management programs to cut energy use. Due to the region’s lower level of industrial activity and the inefficiency of building systems and envelopes, the building sector’s contribution to total national GHG emissions is considerably higher than the global average. The existing building also requires intensive cooling which consumes a lot of energy (power and energy industry).

Today, over 70% of the peak electrical load in the GCC is used for cooling buildings. A network-based solution called district cooling employs centralized infrastructure to simultaneously supply air conditioning to numerous buildings.

Since this aggregates the market for cooler air, such a system is much more effective than the current method of air conditioning. By using district cooling more frequently, the overall energy load associated with cooling would be lessened. The technology should be taken into consideration for any new urban planning idea because several regulatory authorities in the UAE are looking into ways to mandate and control district cooling. 

Smart buildings in UAE – Additionally, more effective communication and informational campaigns are required to persuade real estate firms to increase the energy efficiency of their projects without the need for legislation. Such campaigns, for instance, can assess building performance among comparable structures, highlight the efficiency advantages of new technologies, designs, and materials, and issue energy performance certificates with incentives for builders. With the popularity of power systems engineering and forging industry, the movement towards smart buildings is even easier. 

We, at RSE FZE provide forged mechanical parts manufactured with various (forging vs casting) types of forging methods like open die forgings for different industrial applications like hydraulic turbine, wind turbine, shafts, floating wind turbine, motors, etc. We even provide mechanical seals and promote other related technologies in the market. We always ensure that our team is helping the UAE government’s effort to reduce environment issues (low carbon emission) and build a sustainable future.


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