UAE ready to mainstream nearly zero energy buildings, finds new report

Wednesday 27th September 2017

 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ready to transition from the position of an early adopter of nearly zero energy buildings (nZEBs) to mainstream rollout, finds Emirates Green Building Council in a new report, published during World Green Building Week.

The report, Defining Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in the UAE – 2017, sets out how the concept of nZEBs is strongly aligned with the UAE’s national vision, especially in driving innovation in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

nZEBs are of particular significance to the country since buildings in the UAE have been found to consume up to 70 to 80 per cent of the total electricity generated. In Dubai, nearly a quarter of the existing building stock has been found to be energy-inefficient. 


EmiratesGBC therefore undertook a comprehensive study of nZEBs including its various concepts and their global implementations, reaching out to 25 leading companies to obtain energy data on best practices of low energy buildings, as well as surveying 100 industry leaders and experts.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “The concept of nearly zero energy buildings is aligned with the sustainable development goals of the nation and its global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the COP21 climate change agreement.

“This technical research publication underlines the commitment of EmiratesGBC to support the sustainable vision of the United Arab Emirates through the implementation of nZEBs, which will also boost the adoption of energy efficiency as well as renewable energy in built environments.”

The report includes a number of recommendations, which include:

  • nZEBs should first be introduced in the public sector prior to their roll out in the private sector.
  • cost is an important consideration for nZEBs, and any action plan must be cost-effective and focus on a strategy similar to that adopted by many EU member states.
  • renewable energy must be considered beyond the plot boundary of a building for nZEB consideration. This could be through the form of district renewable energy systems or potentially extending the regulated Renewable Energy Certificates.
  • energy benchmarks should be established in the UAE to enable the evaluation of the energy characteristics of buildings, which will help guide stakeholders in reducing energy consumption levels, and serve as a reference point for nZEB EUI targets.

Yesterday, WorldGBC announced that Emirates Green Building Council had joined its Advancing Net Zero project – one of 14 GBCs now participating. This report marks the early stages of its contribution towards ensuring all buildings are net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the project’s overall goal.  

To read the report in full, click here.

To find out more about World Green Building Week, click here

 

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is ready to transition from the position of an early adopter of nearly zero energy buildings (nZEBs) to mainstream rollout, finds Emirates Green Building Council in a new report, published during World Green Building Week.

The report, Defining Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in the UAE – 2017, sets out how the concept of nZEBs is strongly aligned with the UAE’s national vision, especially in driving innovation in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

nZEBs are of particular significance to the country since buildings in the UAE have been found to consume up to 70 to 80 per cent of the total electricity generated. In Dubai, nearly a quarter of the existing building stock has been found to be energy-inefficient. 


EmiratesGBC therefore undertook a comprehensive study of nZEBs including its various concepts and their global implementations, reaching out to 25 leading companies to obtain energy data on best practices of low energy buildings, as well as surveying 100 industry leaders and experts.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “The concept of nearly zero energy buildings is aligned with the sustainable development goals of the nation and its global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the COP21 climate change agreement.

“This technical research publication underlines the commitment of EmiratesGBC to support the sustainable vision of the United Arab Emirates through the implementation of nZEBs, which will also boost the adoption of energy efficiency as well as renewable energy in built environments.”

The report includes a number of recommendations, which include:

  • nZEBs should first be introduced in the public sector prior to their roll out in the private sector.
  • cost is an important consideration for nZEBs, and any action plan must be cost-effective and focus on a strategy similar to that adopted by many EU member states.
  • renewable energy must be considered beyond the plot boundary of a building for nZEB consideration. This could be through the form of district renewable energy systems or potentially extending the regulated Renewable Energy Certificates.
  • energy benchmarks should be established in the UAE to enable the evaluation of the energy characteristics of buildings, which will help guide stakeholders in reducing energy consumption levels, and serve as a reference point for nZEB EUI targets.

Yesterday, WorldGBC announced that Emirates Green Building Council had joined its Advancing Net Zero project – one of 14 GBCs now participating. This report marks the early stages of its contribution towards ensuring all buildings are net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the project’s overall goal.  

To read the report in full, click here.

To find out more about World Green Building Week, click here