University of Dubai named first net-zero energy building in the region
Dubai Chamber says its initiative is the first LEED certified net-zero energy building after implementation of solar project
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Dubai Chamber) has announced that the University of Dubai is the first LEED certified net-zero energy building in the region, following the implementation of a $1.47m (AED5.4m) solar power project at its campus.
The University of Dubai solar project is expected to result in savings worth $326,726 (AED1.2m) within the first year of operation. As part of the project, a Ground Mount Solar system was installed on-site utilising the latest technologies. The system is connected directly to the national grid, eliminating the need to use batteries for energy storage.
The announcement was made at the start of the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Week 2019, which is being held on 21-28 November at the University of Dubai’s Academic City campus.
The achievements were announced by officials from Dubai Chamber and the University of Dubai in the presence of HE Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment; HE Hamad Buamim, president & chief executive officer of Dubai Chamber; Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki, president of University of Dubai; as well as representatives from Dubai Municipality, Sudeku, Unilever, Bee’ah, Dulsco, and EnviroServe.
The Dubai Chamber Sustainability Week 2019 is being held under the theme “World Without Waste”, with events and activities showcasing best practices, and technological solutions in the waste management industry.