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How was Dubai's smart autonomous house engineered?

by Neha Bhatia on Nov 14, 2016

The house will be linked to Dubai's electricity grid so as to harness surplus energy. [Image: MBRSC]
The house will be linked to Dubai's electricity grid so as to harness surplus energy. [Image: MBRSC]
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The Sustainable Autonomous House model at MBRSC condenses moisture generated by cooling systems and implements management processes to produce up to 200 litres of water per day, which can be used for domestic tasks. 

"In the next phase, we will study how to cost-effectively transform high humidity to a water source by applying special techniques suitable for the nature of low energy consumption," Shaheen continued. 

According to the MBRSC official, the sustainable energy house requires the same foundation of a traditional one, with insulation processes being similar as well. 

Temperature at a sustainable autonomous home ranges between 22°C and 25°C in all seasons, thus mitigating the need for traditional cooling devices and reducing energy consumption by up to 75%. 

Systems that further this reduced energy consumption include a cooling technology based on chilled water, as well as thermal and air insulation techniques in both directions as fresh air constantly spreads across the house through a mechanical ventilation system.

The house also features a smart management and control system that interacts with external heat and humidity fluctuations.

Walls in the house have been insulated against heat, and are humidity- and fire-resistant due to the layers of eco-friendly and processed wood they are manufactured from. 

Insultated roofing and flooring has been installed to prevent heat absorption and avoid the use of heat-conductive material in windows, bridges, and steel columns, thus saving energy that might typically leak. 

Triple glazed glass that contains krypton gas to enhance the effectiveness of the insulation has been used for the windows.