Saving energy at the click of a button

ABU DHABI-Green building experts are offering to the UAE's real estate developers different options for preserving energy, electricity, air-conditioning productivity and completely environment-friendly solutions for the upcoming buildings in the country.

By Anwar Ahmed (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Sat 24 May 2008, 6:23 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 7:13 PM

According to green and intelligent building developers these buildings can be fully controlled and monitored from normal mobile phones. A person can even switch on and off lights and reduce its shade lightings as well as open and close windows and doors. This was demonstrated at a seminar recently by a Finland-based company, LONIX which provides technology hardware and software for green and intelligent buildings. Around 100 real estate developers from Abu Dhabi and other emirates attended the seminar.

The green building developers claim to save energy up to 20 per cent as it may increase by the passing years as cost of everything will go up. The saving of energy also depends on what kind of green building design one is going to adopt.

The design and concept of green buildings can cater to the need of hospitals, residential buildings, commercial establishments, sports grounds and recreational centres. These green buildings would not only help save energy and preserve the environment but also would be earthquake resistant to some extent.

According to Tuomas Koskern, CEO of COBA Middle East, energy-saving in green and intelligent buildings depends on the kind of design a builder is going to choose. For a lower level of design one can save up to 20 per cent energy and it would be fully environmentally-friendly and completely safety-complaint.

These green buildings also will be earthquake resistant to a great extent, said Koskern. In the recent past, a number of green building companies have demonstrated their projects in the capital to introduce the concept.

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