70% energy savings possible with green buildings

Up to 70% energy savings can be made by designing a building to green standards, according to a new report on future energy use in the GCC.

Up to 70% energy savings can be made by designing a building to green standards, according to a new report on future energy use in the GCC.

The report, Future Energy Scenarios - exploring the energy challenges and opportunities in the GCC, has been released by the International Energy Group (IEG), part of the Dubai-based business conglomerate SS Lootah Group.

It focuses on green building techniques plus alternative energy potential like thin film PV, wind and nuclear power. An array of possible approaches and solutions are presented, taking into consideration the geo-economic and social challenges specific to the region.

It cites electric cooling as representing 70% of the peak capacity generated and presents a range of emerging technologies that are expected to become viable solutions in improving the efficiency of this sector, such as solar cooling, distributed generation, tri-generation and quad-generation ie the simultaneous production of power, heat, cooling and desalinated water.

IEG president and CEO Eng Yahya Lootah commented: "The future of advanced energy technologies rests on the sincere collaborative efforts made by engineers, manufacturers, businesses, environmentalists, governments and policy makers, all being equal partners in this historic task."

"The UAE has led the region with a number of pioneering projects, utilising natural gas to cater to residential, commercial and industrial energy needs," he added.

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