Dubai, UAE — (METERING.COM) — May 6, 2009 – Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), the world’s only free zone dedicated to international higher education and a member of TECOM Investments, yesterday highlighted its key energy and water conservation measures at the Smart Metering Middle East and Smart Grids Middle East 2009 conferences in Dubai.
Dr Ayoub Kazim, executive director of the DIAC and Dubai Knowledge Village, outlined the cluster’s compliance with TECOM Investments’ sustainable development policy and elaborated on its district cooling system, green landscaping, non-smoking policy in buildings, water conservation and recycling efforts, energy management initiatives, daylight access, and energy efficient lighting measures deployed within DIAC.
“The energy and water conservation measures adopted at DIAC buildings with a current built-up area of 1.4 million square feet reflect our profound commitment to evolving as a more environment friendly organization,” said Kazim. “Dubai International Academic City is committed to reducing carbon emissions, a fact underpinned by the implementation of a series of initiatives such as the water conservation program and the phase out of halogen lamps.”
Kazim also highlighted other green features at DIAC Phase-III, including energy metering for various end users, de-lamping of offices, and reducing the lighting energy index from 21 W per square meter to 10 W per square meter that has led to a 52 percent reduction in power consumption.
DIAC’s Phase-III is a cluster of five buildings that has adopted several green building features. Based on current utility analysis, it is expected to be highly resource efficient and environment friendly, and the necessary documentation procedures have been completed for LEED certification.
The buildings have adopted several energy conservation measures in design including heat recovery wheels, enhanced levels of insulation, optimization of fresh air through variable speed drives on air handling units, recessed windows, and significantly low lighting power densities. The features will make the cluster 21.7 percent more energy efficient than the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1 – 2004 standards.
DIAC Phase-III will also consume 30 percent less water than the standards set by US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) as well as 40 percent less irrigation water. The savings have been achieved by the installation of ultra-low flow water restrictors in wash basins and dual flush tanks in wash rooms.
The Dubai International Academic City currently hosts more than 30 reputed international universities of higher learning from diverse regions, including the U.S., U.K., Belgium, Iran, Russia, Australia, Sri Lanka, France, Pakistan and India, catering to the academic requirements of over 12,000 students
Smart Metering Middle East and Smart Grids Middle East 2009 is running from May 4-6, bringing together regional representatives from utilities, government departments and municipalities, as well as regulators, academics and consultants.