Dubai mega community targets 20% solar power

June 18, 2018

undefinedMajid Al Futtaim is setting ambitious sustainability goals for its new flagship Dubai community, Tilal Al Ghaf, with plans to become the first mixed-use development in the emirate to achieve a ‘very good’ rating under the BREEAM sustainability accreditation programme.

On-site generation of solar power will be a key pillar of Tilal Al Ghaf’s sustainability strategy, with a target of producing 20% of the community’s energy needs from photovoltaic modules.

To achieve this, the first offering of upper-luxury villas and bungalows, launched in April, will offer rooftop solar panels as a standard feature, providing 45% of energy needs, along with solar hot water heating and air conditioning systems.

Solar panels will be optional on other single-family buildings, and installed on public buildings across the community. Public spaces will be lit by solar-powered streetlights and renewable energy will be deployed alongside smart technology to reduce energy consumption.

CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Communities, Hawazen Esber, said: “We are taking an ambitious but practical, viable, and achievable approach to sustainability that will not only have environmental benefits, but in the long-run will also deliver financial savings for residents to create a healthy and balanced community living.”

Other environmental targets include a 55% reduction in the project’s carbon footprint and 25% reduction in potable water demand. Homes will be fitted with water filters to provide pure drinking tap water, discouraging the use of plastic bottles and potentially saving 200 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

During construction, 60% of building waste will be diverted from landfill, and 30% of waste will be recycled during operation, with 80% of organic waste recycled as compost for the community’s parks and gardens.

“There is a growing number of consumers who want to make positive change in their world and in their community, and Majid Al Futtaim supports that in our vision for Tilal Al Ghaf,” said Hawazen Esber.

“Our initial offering of Harmony and Serenity villas and bungalows will provide quality that lasts, and residents see eco-features such as solar power as making an important investment in the future.”

Spanning three million square metres at the intersection of Hessa Street and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, near Dubai Sports City, Tilal Al Ghaf is a phased project that will include more than 6,500 freehold homes when complete by 2027, ranging from apartments, townhouses and bungalows to luxury villas.

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