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Dubai officials mull power rating system for existing buildings

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has reviewed a power rating system that would assess the emirate’s existing buildings based on water and electricity consumption

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reviewed the rating system during its 46th meeting [image: Dubai Government Media Office].
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy reviewed the rating system during its 46th meeting [image: Dubai Government Media Office].

Members of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have reviewed a proposal to develop a power rating system for existing buildings in the emirate.

The system, which accounts for buildings’ water and energy consumption, was discussed during DSCE’s 46th meeting.

If implemented, it would promote the Building Retrofit Programme, which forms part of Dubai’s Demand Side Management Strategy.

The meeting was chaired by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of DSCE.

Commenting on the topics discussed by the council, he said: “The meeting reviewed the study to improve the operational efficiency of cooling units in buildings by Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO), which specialises in retrofitting buildings in Dubai to increase the share of central cooling in [the emirate] by 40% by 2030.

“We also reviewed a proposal to develop a power rating system for existing buildings, which relies on water and electricity consumption, to promote the Building Retrofit Programme, which is part of the Demand Side Management Strategy,” Al Tayer added.

During the meeting, those present reviewed several strategic projects, initiatives, and programmes to enhance energy efficiency in Dubai.

Attendees included representatives from Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), the Department of Oil Affairs, Dubai Municipality (DM), the Dubai Nuclear Energy Committee (DNEC), Dubai Petroleum, Dubai Supply Authority (DUSUP), and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

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