World’s first Net Zero Carbon building

By Andy Brown06 October 2021

The building will be located in Dubai and will be home to the SEE Institute

Plans for what will be the world’s first Net Zero Carbon building when completed have been unveiled at a trade show in Dubai.

The building will be located in Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, and will be home to the 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 at Expo 2020.

The new structure will be offsetting all its embodied carbon emissions from construction and interiors prior to operations, based on an offset scheme.

According to the information supplied, the building will produce more than 300% of its operational energy requirements through renewable sources including solar panels and a biogas plant handling organic waste.

From this, 100% will cover the operational energy and 150% will offset emissions from commuting employees, water desalination, and consumable products. 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.

A model of the building displayed at WETEX & Dubai Solar Show

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.”

Completion of the building is expected in the next few months.

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