How energy efficient are buildings in Dubai?

A new project to assess the energy performance of buildings in Dubai has been launched. Emirates Green Building Council (GBC) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have joined […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A new project to assess the energy performance of buildings in Dubai has been launched.

Emirates Green Building Council (GBC) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have joined forced for the ‘Benchmarking Project’ of 100 buildings in the city.

It will be done under the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) programme, part of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Hotels, shopping centres and schools are being invited to take part in the project, which will be the first BEA pilot in the UAE.

It aims to serve as a referral point in driving forward the energy efficiency of buildings in Dubai.

WorldGBC aims to ensure all buildings are “net zero” by 2050.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC said: “The Benchmarking Project is a major step towards mapping the energy efficiency of existing buildings in Dubai. The findings will not only help in undertaking relevant retrofitting measures but will also support policy making in relation to sustainable buildings.”

Earlier this year UK-GBC launched a new programme to accelerate innovation in the built environment.