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The Middle East's five best green buildings

by Orlando Crowcroft on Jun 2, 2010


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and its fan, architect Sultan Faden, founder of the Saudi Green Building Council, Saudi Arabia.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and its fan, architect Sultan Faden, founder of the Saudi Green Building Council, Saudi Arabia.
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ESAB MIDDLE EAST OFFICE AND WAREHOUSE
Date of completion: 2010
Location: Jebel Ali Free Zone- South, Dubai, UAE

The new ESAB Middle East Office and Warehouse Facility in JAFZA is set to earn a LEED Platinum rating upon completion this month.

FAN

Thomas Bohlen, chief technical officer at the Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development (MECSD) in Dubai.

WHY

“The building is able to achieve a total energy reduction approximately 70% better than a conventionally designed office warehouse, by using solar thermal systems and lighting techniques. It is also includes an onsite water treatment plant.”

THE BEST BIT

“The best bit is the building’s solar thermal cooling system, which uses a roof-mounted solar tube collectors to provide hot water to six absorption units, that in turn provide cold water to air handling units on the roof. Cold air is then circulated through the concrete pre-cast, hollow core ceiling slabs of the office, providing cool air and radiant cooling. The way this system is woven into the building structure is a great example of how early commitment by the stakeholders to sustainability can make for a great building.”

THE BIG PICTURE

“This project has proven that even industrial buildings in the Middle East can be designed, constructed, and operated to the highest current standards of sustainability.”


FEATURED COMMENT

KAUST is just a magnificent project that Saudi community should be proud of. Actually, this project encouraged most busi

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Readers' Comments


Abdullah Ibrahim (Mar 26, 2011)
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

I'm proud
KAUST is just a magnificent project that Saudi community should be proud of. Actually, this project encouraged most business leaders here to do such a green sustainable buildings and to look back to the Saudi architecture legacy .

Gerard Whelan (Jun 17, 2010)
Portadown
United Kingdom

Solar Cooling system
The system used Kingspan Thermomax evacuated tube systems - the highest performing Evac tubes in the world, with Climatewell award-winning absorbtion chillers.

Lars (Jun 17, 2010)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

ESAB/Green Building/
The company that designed this is Kylsystem/Scan Cooling Dubai , a Swedish/Dubai company.

Mariam (Jun 16, 2010)
dubai
United Arab Emirates

ESAB - Green
So proud! Go green! Go ESAB!

Suman Sharma (Jun 4, 2010) India

go GREEEEEEEEEENNNNN
Wonderful concept

Suman Sharma (Jun 4, 2010) India

we want the world to go green
CW units are the best and economical way to do that.

noe (Jun 2, 2010)
holljljl
Who is thomas


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