Sustainability consultanc focussed on the analysis of solar exposure,
shading devices, façade opacity, environmental exposure for daylight,
wind, sunlight and humidity systems, integration with district servicing
within the ‘smart’ boulevard, and on site renewable power generation.
Elements will be measured in terms of Whole Life Costs, their cradle to
cradle ethos and embodied energy. Energy monitoring will demonstrate the
project’s environmental success. The strategy aimed to measure,
minimize and mititgate the building's carbon emissions to achieve the
aspiration of an energy savings of 35%, based on ASHRAE standards
through innovative building skins design, bioclimatic techniques,
passive design solutions and low-carbon technologies.
Energy use is to be further reduced by renewable energy such as solar
radiation and wind, reducing pollution and tackling environmental
degradation implicit in fossil fuel energy production.
Water, being a valuable and finite resource in UAE, will be managed
responsibly. A recycling facility for rainwater from roofs and hard
surfaces, supplemented by capturing the AC condensate drainage, will
supply the WC's as well as the irrigation system. Water efficient
fixtures and fittings will provide further savings to ensure a 40%
reduction in total water consumption.
Waste, increasingly viewed as a revenue generating resource, will be
managed through a hierarchy of prevention, minimisation, reuse,
recycling and energy recovery. The development plans to reduce landfill
waste by 75% and providing efficient and convenient waste collection
systems for all residents by managing construction, demolition and
Procurement of building materials will consider the source of origin,
recycled content, renewable raw materials, energy used for manufacture
and transportation, durability and application, and the potential for
reuse, recycling and deconstruction. The development will minimise urban
heat accumulation by shading hardscapes and designing areas of
vegetation and water features to absorb solar insolation, while
light-coloured materials will reduce the development’s heat storing
capacity. A comfortable micro-climate, with lowered urban temperatures,
will filter air, allow comfortable external areas, and reduce cooling
costs. These ares of vegetation will also encourage ecological
biodiversity, protect native species, reinforce ecological corridors,
and enhances residents’ lives. The principal amenity spaces consist of
the public courtyards, podium sky gardens and the tower sky garden.