DEWA's new Sustainable Building gets Parksmart certification for its parking structure
DEWA car park achieves highest level of Parksmart smart and sustainable parking certification
The parking structure of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Sustainable Building has been certified at the highest ‘Parksmart’ level for smart and sustainable parking
The building in Al Quoz, Dubai, has been certified as ‘Pioneer’ level in the Parksmart certification, the world’s only certification system designed to assess smart and sustainable parking facilities.
The scheme is supervised by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said: “We are committed to the highest standards of sustainability and efficiency in all our projects and initiatives. Obtaining the Parksmart Pioneer certification for the Sustainable Building parking affirms our efforts in sustainability, carbon reduction, and environmental protection. It is also a testament to encouraging creativity and innovation in line with the Smart Dubai initiative, which aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world; the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to make Dubai the city with the least carbon footprint by 2050; and DEWA’s vision to become globally leading, sustainable, innovative corporation.”
Abdullah Obaidullah, Executive Vice President of Water & Civil at DEWA, noted that the Parksmart certification is awarded following the evaluation of a parking facility in certain areas including design, operation, innovation in the use of technologies, energy efficiency, reducing environmental impact, operational efficiency, and programme quality. The Sustainable Building’s parking received 102 points, to qualify for pioneer category certification which requires achieving a minimum of 90 points.
DEWA’s Sustainable Building is the first sustainable government building in the UAE and the largest government building in the world to receive a Platinum Rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
It achieved 98 out of 110 points as per the rating criteria for the design set by the US Green Building Council. Recycled materials comprise 36% of the construction material used. The building uses 66% less energy thanks to the additional insulation in its walls and roof, and special glass to reduce heat transfer into the building, which helps reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.
Highly efficient water-cooled chillers cut down energy use. The building uses low powered LED lights and automatic lighting control systems with occupancy sensors.
In addition, renewable energy is available through an on-site 660 kilowatt (kW) solar power plant. The Sustainable Building’s systems help reduce water consumption by 48%. All sewage water is treated by a grey water treatment and sewage treatment plant. DEWA is also building its new headquarters, named Al-Shera’a, which is Arabic for ‘sail.’ The new building will be the tallest, largest, and smartest Zero Energy Building in the world.