• EmiratesGBC Builds the Case for ‘Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’ with Tour of Sustainable Autonomous House
EmiratesGBC Builds the Case for ‘Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’ with Tour of Sustainable Autonomous House

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum targeted at conserving the environment by enhancing and advertising green structure practices, highlighted the Significance of working to Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) in collaboration with Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE).

The occasion entitled ‘Building a Case for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’ was hosted at MBRSC's Sustainable Autonomous Home, the initial of its kind home project in the UAE, established to be self-dependent and completely independent of the electrical energy grid. Using self-governing power from the sunlight and relying on smart technological and engineering solutions to adapt to hot and humid climate challenges, the Sustainable Autonomous House works as a model for nZEBs.

The event was attended by government reps along with several realty developers, with a discussion on nZEBs, their importance and just how the UAE could advertise nZEBs. EmiratesGBC additionally highlighted the findings of its record, ‘Defining Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in the UAE – 2017,’ which recognized that the UAE is aligned with the global timeline to take on nZEBs.

Further, MBRSC presented a case study on the Sustainable Autonomous Home and its unique attributes, complied with by a discussion on it led by authorities of MBRSC and DSCE. This was followed by a tour of the Lasting Autonomous House.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: "nZEBs, while a reasonably new idea to the UAE, is of excellent importance in the country's focus on lasting development. With structures in the UAE eating approximately 70 to 80 percent of the overall power generated, an incorporated strategy to power monitoring is key - and this ought to take into consideration the advancement of nZEBs. The Lasting Autonomous Home functions as a referral point in the intelligent integration of power management techniques, and reflects the forward-looking green vision of the UAE. Through the conversation and excursion, we are underlining the demand for a collaborative initiative to popularise the principle of nZEBs in the UAE."

Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) are a key action to sustain the UAE's promise of combating global warming at COP21 in 2015 and its adoption of the Paris Arrangement in 2016 along with the sustainable advancement goals described by the UAE Vision 2021, Abu Dhabi Strategy 2030 and Dubai Strategy 2021.

EmiratesGBC has a committed online data source that highlights makers of energy reliable tools for building retrofit/new construction projects. In addition to launching two ground-breaking industry reports - 'Em iratesGBC Technical Standards for Retrofitting Structures' and 'Energy & Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels' - it regularly holds Emphasis Days and networking sessions to promote green buildings.

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