DEWA awards contract for Phase 1 of Al-Sheraa Building to Dutco Balfour Beatty

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a AED 46 million contract for the first phase of the construction of its new headquarters, called Al-Sheraa, to Dutco Balfour Beatty, who offered the lowest bid and competed with 10 leading international companies. The contract for Phase 1 includes shoring, dewatering, excavation, piling, fencing and associated works.

Al-Sheraa is the tallest, largest, and smartest government net Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world. Al-Sheraa will have over 2 million square feet, covering over 200,000 square feet of land in the heart of the Cultural Village in Al Jadaf.

Al-Sheraa will have 16,500 square metres of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof to produce over 3,500 kilowatts (kW). The building will also include an additional 2,000 square metres of building-integrated photovoltaic panels. The total renewable energy generated from the building is over 5,800 megawatt hours (MWh) per year. The building will be completed and inaugurated in the last quarter of 2019.

“By building Al-Sheraa, we establish a role model in Dubai and the world to achieve a balance between development and the environment, to protect the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment.

This supports the UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world, and the Dubai Plan 2021, to make Dubai the preferred place to live, work, and visit,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

Al-Sheraa’s design was inspired by the UAE’s traditional houses, where enclosed spaces overlook an open courtyard. The courtyard will be the focal point and most prominent feature of the building.

To reduce heat in the open courtyard, a sail design is used to provide shaded areas. Natural light during the day will stream through specific openings in the sail, giving sufficient light without the associated heat. The courtyard features trees, planted areas, and plants within a sustainable environment. The courtyard will give occupants and visitors an outdoor feeling in an indoor setting.

The building will use the latest technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Open Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Robots will be used for cleaning and to provide security services.

A smart app will alert the employees about the time they should leave their homes based on the traffic. The same app can be used to book parking spaces and meeting rooms. It can be also be used by visitors to easily reach the building and meeting rooms.

The total energy used in the building in a year is equal to or less than the energy produced on site during that year. DEWA’s new headquarters is targeted to receive a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), where platinum is the highest certification. The building is targeted to use 50% less water than regular buildings.

To be a ZEB, employees will manage their energy consumption using a smart app that informs them of the amount of energy they use to assist them in improving energy budget management. Al-Sheraa will use state-of-the-art building management tools. It will feature a control centre which will allow essential systems to operate and will shut down non-essential systems, including air conditioning and lighting.

DEWA’s new headquarters will be directly linked to Dubai Metro by a covered bridge. This link between Al Jadaf metro station and Al-Sheraa Building will promote the use of public transportation to reduce traffic and carbon footprint.

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