Masdar, FAB to retrofit Future Rehabilitation Centre in Abu Dhabi
Eight resource-saving tools to be fitted in four months and improve education at school for people of determination
Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB) are marking the Year of Tolerance in the UAE by helping, Future Rehabilitation Centre, an Abu Dhabi-based school for people of determination formerly known as Future Centre for Special Needs, "drastically" reduce its electricity and water bills using funds raised from a co-branded and biodegradable credit card, launched at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2013.
The eight energy- and water-saving measures to be implemented at Future Rehabilitation Centre in Mohammed bin Zayed City are expected to reduce the school’s annual utility expenses by around a third.
The Energy Conservation Project will take four months to complete and include solar panels, advanced ventilation and air-conditioning control systems, water-saving devices, a swimming pool heat pump, LED lights, special soil additives, and the application of solar films on windows and thermal coatings on the school’s roof to reduce heat gain.
A monitoring system will be installed to verify the achieved energy savings at the school, which moved to its 5,500m2 facility, donated by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, in 2011.
Opened in 2000 under the patronage of its Honorary President Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, Future Rehabilitation Centre is dedicated to the empowerment of special needs children through therapy and teaching.
The launch of Energy Conservation Project coincides with the 20th anniversary of the school.
A percentage of the spending on Masdar and FAB's joint credit card goes towards a dedicated green fund for environmental projects selected by FAB.
A portion of this money will be invested to cover the cost of the programme, following an extensive audit of the Future Rehabilitation Centre by Masdar’s Energy Services team during the Year of Giving in 2017.
Commenting on the project, Masdar's acting executive director of clean energy, Yousif Al Ali, said: "It is a proud moment to see the partnership we launched with FAB now starting to bear fruit, and a great honour to have this opportunity to work with the Future Rehabilitation Centre, an institution which is doing incredible work to support young people of determination of all nationalities in the UAE, both in the classroom and the workplace."
Director of Future Rehabilitation Centre, Mowfaq Mustafa, added: "We anticipate the improvement of learning outcomes among the students once the project is up and running.
"I believe that the better air quality will provide a healthier condition for the staff and students.
"The shift to LED lighting, for example, promises to improve visual acuity, which will potentially improve both our students’ and staff’s performance in their daily tasks.
"The overall benefit of decreasing energy consumption converts to the gradual decrease in energy service payments, which has been one of our major challenges for many years," Mustafa added, according to UAE state news agency, Wam.
"The savings on energy bills could eventually be allocated to the expansion of student-directed programmes. And with that, I am thankful to Masdar and FAB for making this project a reality."