The upcoming Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre in Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (AWPR) has implemented green measures to reduce energy use by 40% .
As the first building to achieve a five pearl rating for the design phase in Estidama, the landmark building utilises photovoltaics, solar heating and an earth heat exchanger.
During a site visit for Middle East Architect, Bassam Al Otaibi, director project management at AWPR, revealed that photovoltaics on the roof will generate 236MWh a year and cut energy by 17%.
He also pointed out a 1100m2 solar farm that generates hot water for an absorption chiller. The special Korean-made chiller, used for the first time in the UAE, requires no additional power.
Other measures include an earth heat exchanger that reduces the ground air temperature by 10 degrees.
Many water saving techniques are used such as vacuum and waterless toilets, high efficiency appliances, rainwater harvesting and grey water reuse.
The building’s structure is now complete and the museum’s opening is slated for late 2012.