The recently opened Dubai Energy and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Sustainable Building in Dubai has been awarded LEED Platinum status, becoming the largest public sector building in the world to achieve that status and set a new standard in sustainable building construction. It is also the United Arab Emirates’ first public sector green building, was constructed with 36 percent recycled materials, features high-efficiency insulation, and has been designed to reduce water consumption by 48 percent and energy consumption by 66 percent.

The HVAC units in the 340,000 square foot building are linked to smart building systems. Power is generated by a solar power system with 600 kilowatt capacity and much of the lighting is provided by LED solutions. Public transportation is easily accessible and bicycle parking capacity is sufficient for half of the building’s occupants. Five percent of available vehicle parking spaces are reserved for hybrids and electric vehicles.


Water efficiency features of the building include storm water management, sewerage water treatment and reuse, a grey water treatment plant, water recycling for irrigation, low flow fixtures, regulators, sensor taps, and waterless urinals.

The building was showcased by the Supreme Council of Energy at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013 that was held in Abu Dhabi in January, which took part in the even to support the UAE’s long-term national initiative, Green Economy for Sustainable Development, that was launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 was developed with the goal of effectively reducing energy demand by 30% in 2030.