This talk looks at two major projects in Dubai and Saudi Arabia that are aiming to reach net zero carbon emissions from their annual energy use. These are the new Dubai Electricity & Water (Dewa) headquarters and a master planned leisure destination in the Asir Region of Saudi Arabia.
The Dewa headquarters aims to be the tallest, largest, smartest net zero building in the world upon completion. It meets several sustainability certification standards, including LEED Platinum.
It aims to be energy independent and therefore net zero through the installation of solar PV panels across 20,000 square metres, producing 4,000 kw. It will also have 1,000 sqm of building integrated photovoltaics on its façade. Combined, the building will produce 6,500 MWh a year of renewable energy.
The destination in Asir is designed around a Wadi, with a circular connecting road around the development, connection with cycling and a micromobility transport network. “This design will minimise the operational carbon footprint,” said Mayuko Totsuka, Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon Lead, Strategic Advisory, Middle East, Atkins.
Below is the audience Q&A session with all speakers from the Retrofit track during the Construction Technology Festival. Speakers included:
- Rachid Hamida, Vice President – Energy & Technology, Enova – Reducing the energy footprint of an industrial building
- Henrique Pereira, CEO, Taka Solutions – Retrofitting a commercial building
- Maji Monday, Director of HSSEQ, Projects and Maintenance, RSA Global – A net zero warehouse retrofit
- Mayuko Totsuka, Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon Lead, Strategic Advisory, Middle East, Atkins