The Development of Renewable Energy in Buildings in UAE

  • Riadh H. Al-Dabbagh
Part of the Innovative Renewable Energy book series (INREE)


Low energy buildings projects focus on active houses, which are not only buildings but also active components in the overall integrated energy systems. The target is to demonstrate affordable solutions for social housing and revitalization of town areas. The solutions will reduce CO2 at no or negative cost seen in a total perspective. The reason is because UAE having one of the largest carbon footprints on the planet, and it can be minus taking the benefits of lower energy bills into account, to even better figures when national grants are included. It is possible to simultaneously save CO2 and money! Key barrier is the initial investment; few technologies are being developed in buildings such as photovoltaic building elements, dual function insulation, double-glazed windows, and ICT solutions. Demonstration projects were independent from each other, being designed to fulfill local energy needs and using local resources, there were many similarities between them. It’s not easy being green, at least in the UAE, where scorching summers make air conditioning as essential as the millions of gallons of desalinated seawater which keep most of the country’s plant life from turning brown and crispy. But while the region has a well-founded reputation for having one of the largest carbon footprints, a number of projects demonstrate how environmental principles are at the foundation of many of the country’s most exciting new developments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riadh H. Al-Dabbagh
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  1. 1.Ajman UniversityAjmanUAE

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