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Shifting Sands – How Abu Dhabi is Transforming its Energy Landscape

ABU DHABI January 17, 2011 Gulf of Mexico

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Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi

These 17 projects that the Emirate’s Municipal System is showcasing- which is comprised of the DMA and the three regional municipal administrations; Abu Dhabi Municipality, Al Ain Municipality, and Western Region Municipality – undeniably illustrate just how much the Emirate is changing to lessen its reliance on more traditional forms of energy.

One of the most dramatic – and arguably the hardest hitting – steps towards the Emirate’s energy conservation and sustainability targets has been the very recent introduction of a set of Building Codes by the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), the regulatory and legislative body of the Emirate’s Municipal System. The New Building Codes, which represent one of the biggest changes to the municipal system in many years, will unify building practices and create better, safer, greener buildings that are more cost-effective and durable, and which are built to even higher health and safety standards.

One of the new Building Codes likely to be of particular interest to WFES visitors is the International Energy Code, which sets out minimum standards for energy conservation that it is hoped will help the Emirate meet all United Nation’s Green Building targets for extremely hot areas.

Other projects being showcased at the event by the Municipal System include the Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) City Project which is setting the standard for building sustainable communities; the introduction of more energy-efficient street lighting using solar energy and LED technology, the use of solar panels for lighting and providing air conditioning in bus shelters, waste water re-use to irrigate municipal parks, gardens and green spaces, the implementation of new irrigation systems that can monitor leakages, the introduction of more green areas and the protection of the Emirate’s natural habitat by planting trees and shrubs to act as windbreaks and prevent desertification

H.E. Majid Ali Al Mansouri Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

     Contact:      Arwa Alkhatib     +971506613082  

Abu Dhabi

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