“The retrofit market in Dubai is still in its early developments and more needs to be done,” says HE Ahmad Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of DSCE

The RetrofitTech Dubai 2018 Summit was opened with a keynote address delivered by H.E Ahmad Al Muhairbi, Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.

All buildings in Dubai will be audited and star-rated in a new building labeling system beginning this year to encourage owners to make them more environment-friendly. The new building labeling system which uses a star-rating will be implemented in all residential, commercial, and industrial buildings in the emirate.

The system falls under the second program of the Demand Side Management Strategy of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) on Building Retrofits where old or existing buildings are retrofitted or made more efficient in terms of energy and water use, among others.

His Excellency said that investment in energy efficiency in buildings has been the core undertaking of the DSCE strategy and business plan. “Within the Dubai integrated energy strategy 2030, DSM has a major role to play in terms of shaping up our green economy growth, it has been considered an economical driver to sustain and balance energy expenditures on the supply side and contribute to a more secure, reliable, and low-cost energy; and within DSM, Investment in EE of Buildings have been the core undertaking of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy strategic business planning,” he said.

“Building retrofit is of high priority with an outlook to transform the existing building stock of 150,000 buildings in Dubai into greener and more sustainable buildings,” Al Muhairbi said.

“We are moving in the right direction in terms of the number of the projects and in terms of reaching our set targets on the horizon of 2030.”

Dubai aims to reduce 30 per cent of its energy and water use by 2030 or 1.7 terawatt-hour energy savings, 5.6 billion imperial gallons of water savings, one million tons of carbon emissions savings, and potential energy reduction in 30,000 buildings out of 120,000.

Al Muhairbi said more than 3,000 buildings are being retrofitted currently, the majority of which are being undertaken by Etihad Esco, a Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) venture. “Taking advantage of energy performance contract, ESCO model is undoubtedly considered a comprehensive solution to push for energy auditing, retrofitting and then star labeling of efficient/inefficient buildings, as well as driving the reduction of consumption bills,” he said. “In addition, the model will reduce building life cycle cost, improve resale value of the asset, create green job, and open EE market as well as supporting carbon policy. It’s also extremely important to take advantage of sustainable EE methodologies like energy modeling and apply it further on eligible existing buildings,” added Al Muhairbi.

“The market for retrofit in Dubai is still considered in its early developments, and we want to build it further as we move ahead,” underlined the Secretary General, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.