Emirates in the UAE are becoming serious about switching to green energy and becoming energy efficient in general. The biggest challenge lies in making already existing buildings more energy efficient.
We know Internet of Things and smart softwares are the answer to keeping energy consumption and building maintenance costs low. While it is very difficult to make existing buildings use green energy from solar and wind sources, it is easier to retrofit them with energy efficient equipment.
RAK plans to do just that. It has initiated plans to retrofit 3000 buildings by 2040. Pilot projects have already begun. This project is just 1 of 9 programmes in the pipeline for RAK’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategy 2040, which aims for 30 percent energy savings, 20 percent water savings, and 20 percent energy generation from renewable resources.
RAK has more than 65000 buildings pre-dating the introduction of Barjeel green building regulations, which were put in place for driving energy and water efficiency. While 3000 is a good start, we expect that the government might introduce plans for rest of the buildings.
Read more about RAK’s move to retrofit buildings here.
RAK initiates plans to retrofit 3000 buildings by 2040.