Gold award for Wafi plant

Dubai Wafi City's district cooling plant, DCCP1, has won Gold Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

The Wafi district cooling plant is the first building to win Gold LEED status in the UAE.
The Wafi district cooling plant is the first building to win Gold LEED status in the UAE.

Dubai Wafi City's district cooling plant, DCCP1, has won Gold Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The first building in the Middle East to be awarded the Gold rating under the USA Green Building Council's award scheme, it is also one of only two utility buildings worldwide to achieve the rating.

DCCP1 was originally awarded a Silver LEED rating in Summer 2006. As reported in the November issue of MEP Middle East, this was appealed after a review by the Wafi Engineering staff found that only a few points were needed to achieve the higher rating. Additional work to achieve the Gold rating was mostly administrative detailing.

"The equipment is built on a higher efficiency and utilising less resources, which is the theme of LEED," explained Ashok Agarwal, senior executive director of ETA, which acted as MEP contractor on the project.

"The balance is between quality, efficiency and price. If you get the Gold then you've done that very well. The equipment here is some of the most energy efficient used in the whole region," he added.

DCCP1 has a design chiller plant efficiency of 0.8kW/TR. It is the first phase of a 20,000TR plant planned to serve the Wafi development. DCCP1 serves several areas of the site, including the shopping mall and new Raffles Hotel.

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