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SHARJAH, January 8, 2020 (WAM) — The Department of Public Works has made great and clear efforts to build environmentally friendly buildings. It has recently built the Sharjah City for Health Care building and built it according to all international standards which gives it classification as one of the environmentally friendly green buildings, the Al Wusta Canal building and the Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services building in Khorfakkan.
Green buildings generally depend on building techniques that take into account the environment in the materials used, energy consumption and sustainability, including those that depend on raw materials in construction and that are keen to use what is in the environment of the environment of the place is, e.g. than built with compacted earth or sandbags, and some that depend on modern technologies to save energy generated and recovered using advanced solutions based on solar energy, recycled water and renewable energy sources. In order to improve the environmental quality of buildings, reduce the negative impact on the ecosystem and help establish environmental and energy assessment protocols, it is necessary to resort to the ecological principles known internationally as green buildings based on aims to significantly reduce or, more precisely, eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and on the building’s occupants.
Engineer Alia Al Rand, Director of Building Projects Division at the Sharjah Public Works Department, described the Sharjah Health Care City building as a green, sustainable building that is environmentally friendly, built to the best environmentally friendly standards with the aim of spreading awareness among the public and encouraging individuals and companies to apply and use renewable energy and energy saving systems to preserve the environment and natural resources in the emirate.
She emphasized that the building, which has an area of 9,850 square meters, is a typical building as it uses solar energy as a main and basic source to generate electricity and the building’s energy needs are 18 W Peak with 100% to cover.
It improves the operation of the air conditioner and saves energy according to the temperature conditions in the rooms, in addition to the use of energy-saving LED lighting units that are compatible with green building standards. It also used natural lighting systems such as solar tubes and skylights.
Regarding the uses of green building standards in projects, Eng. Bashayer Al Mansouri, Director of Branches in the department, said: “Bench benches and waste baskets made from recycled materials have been added to some projects with the aim of encouraging recycling and waste. sort. A green wall system was also applied and some walls of parking lots were planted with hanging planters to reduce temperatures and soften the air around the building to give it an aesthetic appearance, as in the Al Wusta Canal Building. Some buildings were also painted with using environmentally friendly paints that are free of chemicals and volatile organic compounds, contributing to the preservation of the environment and public health.
With a view to expanding the concept of sustainability in the UAE, it has become natural to plan buildings on environmental bases to ensure a better future for people’s lives and to conserve energy and water resources from waste. The responsible authorities thing with to innovate the best building systems equipped with high quality technologies, achieve the highest sustainability rates and achieve records by government buildings. and green residential design elements evaluated include high efficiency air conditioning, nature-based design measures, water use components, efficient faucets, and low-VOC (indoor air quality) coatings.
As for the Al Wusta building, most of the available sustainable materials have been successfully used to build a high-performance green building, an energy-saving lighting system, office equipment and supplies, sound insulation systems and energy-rated computers, providing an additional efficiency of more than 66% above that in standard buildings.
Bashayer Al-Mansoori said: “Some of our buildings are characterized by energy consumption of 120 kWh/m2/year, compared to traditional buildings in the region that consume about 400.” This includes planting car roofs with plants, which save drinking water by 48. %, and the treatment of wastewater on site with 48%. 100% and photovoltaic panels with a capacity of 660 kilowatts and sensors for the natural lighting of the sun and office occupancy to adjust it to provide comfortable rates and an appropriate temperature. The BMS system, which is an acronym for Building Management System is, has been applied, which means the energy control system in buildings, and it is a system for monitoring, controlling, operating and managing all activities of the building in a central way and includes Control and monitoring of all electromechanical loads .
She pointed out that all waste water is treated by special units, and the treated water is reused in the cooling system, for irrigation purposes, and sanitation facilities Used in toilets and irrigation of agriculture.
He said: “We used external lighting poles equipped with solar panels and a system of storage batteries that work on solar energy to heat the water used in ablution and mosque accessories instead of using electric heaters. With regarding the reduction of energy consumption, we have changed the type of lighting so that LED is used instead of regular lighting.. and in the area of Health and Environment, we emphasize indoor air quality by reducing the amount of pollution from high-tech devices in order to avoid harm that public health touch and reduce the performance of the air conditioning system by using high-efficiency technical devices.
Regarding the specifications on which the design of the economic development building in Khorfakkan is based, Engineer Alaa Al-Jarwan of the Khorfakkan branch indicated that the principle of sustainability is taken into account to achieve savings, safety and insulation, which should everything in the building be available before it is approved.
Reda Abdel Nour / Batoul Kashwani