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Office building showcasing sustainability measures

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) office in Dubai designed by Green Consultant En3 achieved LEED Gold certification under LEED BD+C (Building Design and Construction) version 3.0. The 121936sqft built-up area of TRA building sports many green features that directly contribute to the environment in terms of reduced energy consumption, impact on the local environment and usage of natural resources.

Indoor Environment

In order to support enhanced IAQ and long-term well-being of all occupants, 30% more than the minimum ventilation rates as per ASHRAE standards is provided. Low emitting paints, carpets and composite wood products have been used to enhance the indoor environment and provide superior workplace for all employees. After completion of all interior activities, the project has done proper building flush out in line with LEED requirement to enhance the working spaces.

Energy Efficiency

The project has achieved 20.15% energy cost reduction in proposed design. Energy efficiency measures such as Hi albedo paint on roof, efficient lighting design, efficient HVAC design for saving more energy than the conventional systems are incorporated. Project has Selected CFC free and HCFC free refrigerants thereby avoiding global warming and ozone depletion.

Water Efficiency

Water is an integral part of the Campus and every effort is been taken to minimize water use by installing water efficient fixtures. Low flow dual-flush toilets, sensor based urinals and other low flow fixtures have been selected to install at site to reduce water consumption by over 51%.

100% of wastewater is being treated onsite to tertiary standards and the treated water is being reused for landscaping and other purposes. The landscaping and irrigation systems have been designed to reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 100% and total water used for irrigation by 57.14% from a calculated baseline case.

Resource Management

The project has achieved a combined recyclable content value of 23.69% of total material by cost thereby reducing virgin material exploitation. About 31.84% of the project’s material and products by cost was extracted, harvested, recovered and manufactured within 500 miles of project site thereby reducing the pollution associated with transportation.

Site Sustainability Features

The project is located in close proximity to public transportationthere by minimizing transportation pollution and strain on local infrastructure. 100% of roof area is covered with a highly reflective material to reduce heat islands and to minimize impact on microclimate and human and wildlife habitat. 93% of parking areas are located under cover.

Provision of battery charging stations for 15% of the total car parking capacity in an effort to promote use of alternative and low emitting vehicles and to reduce transportation pollution. Project has provided alternative-fuel fueling stations for 3.76% of the total parking capacity.

Bicycle storage facilities have been provided to serve 5.71% of the LEED-NC project FTE and transient occupants, measured at peak occupancy, and shower facilities have been provided for 2.45% of the LEED-NC project FTE occupants. Provision of carpooling spaces for 14% of the total car parking capacity within the premises is given in an effort to promote share rides to reduce transportation pollution as well as strain on Sustainable Building Section the local infrastructure.

 

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