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Integrated Energy Intensity Map, a smart tool to support efficiency in buildings in Dubai

The Integrated Energy Intensity Mapping of Dubai, a project managed and conducted by Applus+ with the collaboration of Tecnalia, had a successful completion on last April 6th .

Along the final meeting held on Dubai, it was highlighted the success of the project as a result of joint efforts by all the stakeholders involved in the project during the last 6 months. One of the outputs of the Project is a leading software tool that shall help developing a more sustainable Dubai.



       Brian Dawes, Middle East Regional Manager and Joaquim Bigas, Energy Efficiency Manager during the Dubai meeting.


The Energy Intensity Map is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai to make Dubai the city with the smallest carbon footprint in the world by 2050. This tool provides the government with the data needed to make informed decisions when it comes to energy and water efficiency in buildings.

The establishment of energy data collection capacities has been identified by the International Energy Agency as a top priority for the Arab region, as they provide strong foundations for the development of a national energy efficiency strategy. Energy intensity indicators shall be related to potential savings and their associated policies and programs. In that context and in support of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to transform Dubai into an international hub for clean energy and green economy, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is working towards the implementation of the Demand Side Management Strategy, which features nine programs that contribute to the sustainable development of Dubai. These nine programs include rules and regulations for green buildings, rehabilitation of existing buildings, district cooling, regulations and standards for energy efficiency, reuse of wastewater for use in irrigation and technology to raise the efficiency of street lighting, and the Shams Dubai Initiative to transform Dubai into a city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world.

The Energy Intensity Map is a unique database that combines consumption (kWh and Imperial Gallons for water) and building (sqm, usage, type of building, sector) information from different authorities. In addition, the tool provides an easy visualization of intensity in buildings through a virtual and interactive map that uses a user-friendly website interface. In addition the tool is equipped with the necessary functionalities to download reports for analysis purposes at unit, building, community and city levels. These reports can be easily exported to excel.

The Pilot Project has been now finalized and contemplates information related to 110 buildings. These buildings have been handpicked to showcase the particularities of 7 communities in Dubai, including Al Quoz Industrial Third, Burj Khalifa, Al Garhoud, Al Qusais Industrial First, Mirdif, Oud Metha and Trade Center First. The map is fed from databases provided by DEWA, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Land Department, EMAAR, and Trakhees. The Energy Intensity Map is the result of a joint effort made by a number of stakeholders committed to make Dubai greener”, said Mr. Al Muhairbi.

All in all the Energy Intensity Map is a way to easily visualize the energy and water scene in Dubai which allows a deep knowledge and monitoring of the building stock, information of great value for the government that works on the process of making Dubai greener. The first phase of the project, implementing the Pilot Project, revealed a number of important functionalities that have the potential to be developed for a more significant number of buildings. A roadmap for the scale-up phase is being studied by the relevant authorities.






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