New DEWA HQ in Dubai to use robots for FM services
The Al Sheraa building will also feature a control centre that operates and shuts down non-essential systems when their use is not required, DEWA revealed
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) upcoming headquarters (HQ) in the emirate will deply robots for cleaning and security operations, it has been confirmed.
Construction on the Al Sheraa building has commenced, DEWA revealed, adding the headquarters will be the largest zero-energy facility (ZEB) in the world, with a built-up area of 13.9ha (1.5 million sqf).
In a statement posted on Dubai Media Office's website, DEWA said the building will use robots for cleaning and security services.
Additional technology expected to be installed at the facility include networks to facilitate Internet of Things (IoT), big data and open data management, and artificial intelligence.
Building management systems that are to be installed will feature a control centre that operates and shuts down non-essential systems, such as air-conditioning and lighting, when their use is not required.
A smart app will be developed to help employees plan their exit voyage based on city traffic and book meeting rooms.
Up to 16,500 sqm of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels will be installed at the facility to produce 3,500 kWH of energy, and 10,000 sqm of building integrated PV to produce 1,100 kWh.
Total renewable energy generated by the building could be in excess of 7,000 megawatt hours (MW/h) annually, with the facility's Energy Utilisation Intensity (EUI) expected to be 70 kW/m2 per year.
Al Sheraa will be linked with Dubai Metro through a 150m bridge to the Al Jadaf station.
Current designs for the building accommodate 5,000 employees, in addition to parking, engineering, and green spaces.
The development will also feature a 700-seat auditorium, 1,500-space car park, a nursery, a library, and food and beverage amenities.
The project is due for completion and inauguration in 2019.