DEWA receives highest sustainability certificate for Al Quoz parking facility

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has received certification from the US Green Building Council for its parking structure in Al Quoz.

DEWA has received the Parksmart certificate from the Green Building Council via Green Business Certification Inc.

DEWA is the first in the Middle East and North Africa to receive this certification in the Pioneer category, the highest class within this certificate.

Parksmart is the world’s only certification system designed to assess smart and sustainable parking facilities.

The utility’s parking facility was rated according to its design, operation, innovation in the use of technologies, energy efficiency, reducing environmental impact, operational efficiency, and programme quality.

DEWA scored 102 points, to qualify for pioneer category certification which requires achieving a minimum of 90 points.

The building with the parking facility is the first sustainable government building in the UAE and the largest government building in the world to receive a Platinum Rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The building achieved 98 out of 110 points as per the rating criteria for the design set by the US Green Building Council.

The building uses 66% less energy thanks to the additional insulation in its walls and roof, special glass to reduce heat transfer into the building, highly efficient water-cooled chillers and an on-site 660KW solar plant

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, was pleased with this environmental sustainability and smart transformation achievement. “We are committed to the highest standards of sustainability and efficiency in all our projects and initiatives. Obtaining the Parksmart Pioneer certification for the Sustainable Building parking affirms our efforts in sustainability, carbon reduction, and environmental protection. It is also a testament to encouraging creativity and innovation in line with the Smart Dubai initiative, which aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world; the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to make Dubai the city with the least carbon footprint by 2050; and DEWA’s vision to become globally leading, sustainable, innovative corporation.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.