Protecting the environment and cost-effectiveness were explored by architect and engineering company Dewan during the Big-5 Sustainability Design and Construction Conference.
Engi Jaber, architect and sustainability specialist, showcased the substantial energy savings the company had achieved through the sustainable design of several of its projects – including a 33% saving at the Premier Inn Hotel at Abu Dhabi International Airport, a 20% saving at the Bateen School in the UAE, and a 25-30% saving at Samarra University in Iraq.
Dawan’s presentation explored ranges of techniques in the design and construction of buildings to improve efficiency, cut waste, and minimise environmental damage.
This included how envelope insulation materials and systems can reduce up to 50% of energy consumption, while efficient landscaping, through soil enhancement products, can similarly cut irrigation demand in half.
Other technologies under the spotlight were lighting programmes and national initiatives, efficient MEP Technologies, and renewable energy sources.
The presentation also examined how to fuse local cultural and social understanding together with modern design technologies to overcome climatic challenges and reduce energy consumption, drawing upon lessons from existing buildings around the region.
Mohamed Al Assam, Dewan’s chairman and managing director, said: “Too often, design aesthetics and sustainability are treated as somehow adversarial – this is simply not true.
“The essence of great design is sustainability. It starts from the earliest planning phases and should be integrated at every stage, seamlessly assimilated into the surrounding local environment – that is what defines iconic architecture.”