Dubai International Academic City moves towards LEED certification


Dubai, U.A.E. — (METERING.COM) — February 13, 2009 – Phase-III of Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), the world’s only free zone dedicated to international higher education, is moving towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, according to the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (SEED) of TECOM Investments.

DIAC’s Phase-III is a cluster of five buildings that has adopted several green building features, including energy metering. Based on current utility analysis, it is expected to be highly resource efficient and environment-friendly.

Energy conservation measures that have been adopted in the buildings include 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. These features will make this cluster 21.7 per cent 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. These savings have been achieved by the installation of ultra-low flow water restrictors in wash basins and dual flush tanks in wash rooms, as well as additives in the soil for the landscape areas.

“We are proud to become the pioneers in implementing sustainable development policy, reflecting our profound commitment to be a more environment friendly organization,” commented Ayoub Kazim, executive director of the DIAC. “Dubai Knowledge Village and DIAC are 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.”

Other green features at DIAC Phase-III include significant utilization of locally or regionally made products. In addition, “gaf”, a local native tree that requires little or no irrigation or maintenance, is also planted within the premises.

DIAC currently hosts more than 30 reputed international universities of higher learning from diverse regions, including the U.S., the U.K., Belgium, Iran, Russia, Australia, Sri Lanka, France, Pakistan and India, catering to the academic requirements of over 12,000 students.