DEWA Sustainable Building, Al Qouz

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Parksmart Pioneer
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236,996 square feet and 353 parking spaces
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DEWA Sustainable Building, an office building of the Water & Civil Division of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, meets the need of growing businesses and provides space for new staff to satisfy business needs. The project serves most of DEWA’s strategic goals, including advocating for sustainable growth, and is the first Parksmart-certified project in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East. In 2013, the DEWA Sustainable Building was also the largest government building in the world at that time to earn LEED Platinum certification by scoring 98 points out of 110, which made it the highest scoring building in MENA region and amongst the top in the world. Specific aims of the project were to raise awareness about the feasibility of green buildings in the region and set an example for other organizations to follow and benchmark upon.

DEWA Sustainable Building Al Qouz has targeted energy savings, protection of air and water, as well as emissions reduction. The building uses 66% less energy; materials used contain approximately 36.79% recycled content and 28.53% of those materials were regionally sourced. It also reduces water consumption by 48% through the use of highly efficient water fixtures. The project also has solar hot water system, an on-site grey water treatment plant a 100 cu. m. /day onsite sewage treatment plant, a 600 kilowatt solar power plant and a vegetated roof.