Our client, The Change Initiative (TCI), was focused on ensuring that the entire project was based on achieving 100% sustainable solutions and subsequently decided to opt for attaining a LEED Platinum rating for the scheme. The project is widely advertised through Dubai media to promote a sustainable way of thinking through desired change within the Middle East Region.
Ramboll, in conjunction with HOK, worked in collaboration and ensured a complete integrated design process which firstly considered maximizing the passive solutions before minimizing the active MEP solutions.
The project has substantial Photovoltaic installations which offers electricity to the building thus reducing the electrical demand from the DEWA electricity grid. This in turn reduces the carbon emissions to the external environment.
Water was a main focus for both the design team and the requirements of attaining LEED Platinum. The building incorporated water reducing valves and low flush toilets to achieve the stringent water reduction targets established during the design stages.
All systems and solutions were examined and evaluated prior to any recommendations. Also, the MEP solutions put forward were instrumental in the project attaining the LEED Platinum rating.
The MEP design team embarked upon a mission to ensure the most cost effective sustainable solutions were offered. In order to achieve these particular targets and to ensure the correct recommendations for the client, the MEP team evaluated each and every possible solution available. The MEP team, in conjunction with various suppliers and the client team offered packed air conditioning units offering adiabatic cooling which pre-cools the air entering the condenser thus reducing the energy consumption. In addition, the project incorporated solar water heating, solar sun lighting tubes along with CO sensors to ensure an excellent indoor air quality.
MEP Middle East Awards 2012 Sustainable GCC Project of the Year Award