Dubai water authority supports development of sustainable architecture

The Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) organized by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) is supporting Dubai’s ambitions to maintain a globally leading position in sustainability, competitiveness, and green economy.

As an example of DEWA’s efforts to achieve sustainability, the BaityKool team from the University of Bordeaux – which won third place at the first SDME – has started implementing the university’s sustainable smart house at a prestigious property in Dubai.

The BaityKool team from the University of Bordeaux, France; the National School of Architecture and Landscaping of Bordeaux, France; Arts et Métiers Paris Tech Bordeaux, France; Nobatek/Inef4 France; Amity University in Dubai, UAE, and An-Najah University in Palestine collaborated on the smart house during the first SDME.

They came up with an innovative project for a sustainable home, using natural cooling technologies and radiative cooling in addition to producing food at home using aquaponics. The home exteriors are inspired by the ‘Mashrabiya’ designs seen in the Middle East. DEWA is organizing the second SDME in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai.

The managing director and chief executive officer of DEWA, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said that the competition will support sustainability, limit carbon emissions, preserve the environment, and encouraging creativity and innovation.

Al Tayer added: “After two years of the first SDME, which DEWA organized for the first time in the Middle East and Africa in 2018, we are pleased to witness the development of creative projects participating in the competition and implementing one of the winning designs in several sustainable properties in Dubai.”

Philippe Lagiere, the coordinator for the University of Bordeaux, said: “BaityKool is now integrated into Dubai to test its innovations in a living-lab approach involving students, professors, and professionals of sustainable construction. After SDME 2018, this is a great opportunity to demonstrate the originality of our technologies and better than Net-Zero-Energy performance in a real residential situation.”

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