Construction begins on 'world’s smartest building'

WCN Editorial Team 8 Nov 2016 MIDDLE EAST BUILDINGS

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has commenced construction work on its new headquarters (HQ) in the Cultural Village in Al Jadaf, Dubai.

Named Al-Sheraa, the new building is expected to be the tallest, largest, and smartest net Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world. It will have a total built-up area of over 139,350sq m, and a capacity to accommodate 5,000 employees.

The HQ will include a fitness centre, an outdoor jogging track, a 700-seat auditorium, 1500 car parking spaces, a nursery, a library and retail and amenity space.

Al-Sheraa will be equipped with over 16,500sq m of photovoltaic solar panels able to generate over 3,500kWh, and nearly 10,000sq m of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) that is projected to generate over 1,100kWh.  It will produce over 7,000MWh of renewable energy annually.

The building’s open courtyard will feature a sail design to reduce heat. The sail will have specific openings to allow natural light penetration throughout the day without the associated heat. The project will be able to reduce water consumption by 50% when compared to regular buildings.

The property will also feature additional engineering facilities, and green spaces.

The HQ will make use of advanced technologies such as internet of things (IoT), big data and open data, and artificial intelligence. Robots will be used for cleaning and security services.

The building is expected to be complete and inaugurated in 2019.

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