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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.”



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