MEP Awards 2017: TJEG wins sustainable project award
Clients need to foster a sustainable vision, and DEWA has set the precedent with this project says TJEG associate principal Qamar Nizam
Ted Jacob Engineering Group (TJEG) won the 2017 Sustainable Project of the Year award for its DEWA Solar Innovation Centre project.
The DEWA Solar Innovation Centre forms the focal point for Dubai’s solar technologies at Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park.
“It was challenging to do something for DEWA who are on the forefront on innovation and sustainability, but that was also the driving factor,” said TJEG associate principal Qamar Nizami.
He added: “Moreover, it’s important for a project to be seen through from the drawing board until it’s finished. We have the responsibility, but it’s the client that has a larger responsibility – they need to be aware and we need their support, which is what we got from DEWA.”
The facility will showcase the history, evolution and application of this abundant sustainable source of energy, by means of workshops, conferences and exhibitions for students, professionals and the public.
TJEG’s role as lead consultant and project managers for the design and construction phases has harnessed TJEG’s global experience in green buildings.
The project aims to be ‘LEED Platinum’ accredited on completion; hence all facets of the project and its life cycle must embody sustainability and reduce carbon emissions.
“We also tried our best to keep the building a LEED Platinum – to keep it zero carbon as much as possible. In terms of mechanical, electrical and automated systems we tried to do our best,” Nizami added.
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