Major conference highlights retrofit potential

Local and international experts gather to share latest developments in retrofitting as Dubai rolls out major programme to save energy and water

Retrofitting saves energy and water consumption
Retrofitting saves energy and water consumption

Top local and international officials and engineers will gather on 16 and 17 March to highlight the potential for retrofitting thousands of buildings in Dubai, in keeping with the Dubai Government’s goal to reduce energy demand by 30% by 2030.

RetrofitTech Dubai will see the convergence of the public and private sectors and will focus on several aspects of the energy and environment industry including Renewable Energy, Central Air Conditioning, Energy Efficient Lighting Systems, Smart CO2 sensors, Sustainable Materials, Thermal Insulation and Eco-Friendly Paints.

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy strategy aims to position Dubai as a model for safe and effective energy use and retrofitting an initial target of 30,000 buildings with green technologies in the first phase at an estimated cost of at AED2bn ($544.5 million).

The strategy covers eight specific areas of opportunity for achieving significant reductions in electricity and water demand across Dubai.

Conference director Niall Watson said; “One of these key areas is building retrofits. The environmental, social and economic benefits of these renovations are potentially enormous to all stakeholders. Building owners and operators in particular stand to reap significant financial benefits through lower electricity bills and building maintenance costs once they are retrofitted with green technologies. Initial studies suggest that 100,000 Dubai buildings are retrofit-ready, however the first phase of the project will target 30,000 buildings for green renovation, including 3,000+/- government buildings.”

“The RetrofitTech Conference in Dubai, which will be exploring the key opportunities in Dubai’s emerging retrofit market, as well as discussing the challenges in achieving optimum energy efficiency and sustainability in Dubai’s existing buildings,” he added.

Speakers at the RetrofitTech conference will include: Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management, Supreme Council of Energy; Stephane Le Gentil, CEO, Etihad Energy Services; James Grinnell, Head of Water, Regulation & Supervisory Bureau for Electricity and Water; Khaled Bushnaq, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Management Services; Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, Emirates Green Building Council; and Jagath Gunawardena, Senior Manager of Projects and Building Development, Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

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