Dubai plans low carbon-emission project

13 May 2008

Dubai is planning its second low carbon-emission development project which, like the first, will be located at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Canada’s Busby, Perkins & Will won the contract to design the project in December. The design features two towers, with a uniquely-designed wind turbine placed between them.

RWDI, the Canadian-based wind engineering consultants, which carried out work for the Burj Dubai, were also involved in the design.

The towers will be the second office-block development in Dubai that incorporates wind turbines into the structure following the Lighthouse Tower, designed by the UK’s Atkins, also being built in DIFC.

The 400-metre office tower aims to reduce energy consumption compared to a conventional design by up to 65 per cent and water consumption by up to 40 per cent. This will be achieved using solar technology including photovoltaic awnings, a series of low energy and low water use solutions, as well as recycling systems for energy and water reuse. As well as the wind turbines, the building will supplement its power supply using 4,000 solar panels incorporated into the structure (MEED 27:4:07).

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