Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) was awarded the three pearl rating of the Estidama Pearl Rating System for the design phase of 10 government schools in Abu Dhabi by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC).
The schools – the first in the Emirate to follow UPC’s Estidama standard and the first to get the three pearl rating certification – are part of Phase III of ADEC’s Future Schools Program.
“It is demonstrated that schools designed to higher levels of sustainability will not only reduce the negative environmental impact and be more resource efficient, but will also result in better student and teacher achievement and be perceived as a benchmark example to be followed by the communities where the schools are located,” said HE Dr Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, director general, ADEC.
The ten schools will be located in Al Bateen, Al Shawamekh, Al Shamkha, Baniyas and the Al Ain suburbs of Al Yahar, Al Foah and Zakheer.
“By setting an example of how future schools ought to be, ADEC is taking significant steps to provide students with an ideal platform that lays down the basis for sustainable and healthy educational environments,” said HE Falah Al Ahbabi, general manager, Abu Dhabi UPC.
The 10 schools have been designed with the use of sustainable materials, to reduce energy and water consumption, improve indoor air quality conditions for students and use better waste management practices.
For energy saving, each school will use the renewable energy technologies of solar hot water and photovoltaic systems and will monitor the use of energy through a building management system.
To conserve water the designs include water efficient fixtures and fittings, a water efficient landscape and air-cooled conditioning systems.
Other sustainability methods include high levels of shading throughout the school campuses to improve outdoor thermal conditions, use of individual thermal control features in all occupied spaces and the use of waste recycling practices.
The three pearl rating for design is one pearl above the mandatory level of two pearls set by the Abu Dhabi government for all government buildings.