The Sustainable City unveils world’s first Net Zero Carbon building

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Exceeding the UN Net Zero Carbon 2050 targets, Today

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Sustainable City in Dubai, the first fully sustainable development in the region unveiled its latest achievement: the world’s first Net Zero Carbon building.

The 50,000 sqf future-ready building will be home to SEE Institute, the sustainability research, development, and professional training arm of Diamond Developers. The state-of-the-art building was unveiled at WETEX & Dubai Solar Show, the annual trade exhibition organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in Expo 2020.

The building will be offsetting all its embodied carbon emissions from construction & interiors prior to operations, based on a credible offset scheme.

The building will also produce more than 300% of its operational energy requirements through renewable sources including solar panels and a biogas plant handling organic waste from TSC. From this, 100% will cover the operational energy and 150% will offset emissions from commuting employees, water desalination, and consumable products that operate the Institute. The remaining 50% will enable the building to become carbon positive.

By exporting this surplus of energy to surrounding buildings and facilities, The Sustainable City will be setting a new precedent in transforming buildings from being pollutant, energy consumers into environmentally friendly, energy generators.

Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers said: “SEE Institute is the embodiment of our mission to spearhead the global movement towards sustainable knowledge and learning advancement, in line with the aspirations of the Paris Climate Agreement and the urgency of worldwide climate action. It also paves the way for bringing the UN 2050 targets forward and achieving a Net Zero Carbon future today”. 

“The Institute’s purpose is to accelerate climate action through education, R&D, business incubation, events and conferences. Through targeted collaborations with partners, academic and government entities, we aim to inspire others by sharing knowledge and expertise to ensure a better tomorrow for generations to come.”

The new building will be dedicated to the advancement of sustainability knowledge, technology and innovations through research, training, events and incubation of tech startups working on solutions promoting social, environmental and economic sustainability. Completion is expected in the next few months.

About the Sustainable City:

The Sustainable City in Dubai is the world’s first fully sustainable community, and GCC’s ‘Happiest Community’.

An icon of Dubai, it represents a new era in Real Estate, where social, environmental and economic facets are perfectly considered and seamlessly blended, to offer harmonious, quality sustainable low carbon living.

Born from a vision to accelerate the transition towards sustainable development, The Sustainable City demonstrates the living, working proof of this future ready concept and acts as a benchmark for sustainable living.

Located in Dubailand, the mixed-use development spans some 46 hectares and provides an array of green residential facilities and amenities with no negative impact on the environment.

A unique concept which redefines sustainable living; offering energy ¬efficient housing, zero maintenance and low service fees, green education and health care and a host of indoor and outdoor leisure and wellness activities, an urban farm, green mosque and innovation center.

The Sustainable City won over 20 awards including the Gulf Real Estate Award for the ‘Happiest Community’ for three consecutive years. In addition to being voted as the “Overall Winner’ the community also won top honours as the ‘Best Real Estate Project (Master Development)’, ‘Best Real Estate Research’, and ‘Best Real Estate Developer – Sustainable Green Development’ awards at the GREA 2019. It has also received the Emirates Energy Award 2017 for energy efficiency.