Tilal Al Ghaf will generate 20% electricity on-site
Community to be first in Dubai to achieve ‘very good’ level BREEAM environmental sustainability accreditation
Majid Al Futtaim aims to produce 20% of Tilal Al Ghaf’s energy needs on-site from renewable solar power, transferring surplus electricity to DEWA through the Shams Dubai initiative which went live in 2017.
The developer is setting ambitious sustainability targets for its new Dubai community, Tilal Al Ghaf, with plans to become the first mixed-use development in the emirate to achieve a high rating under the BREEAM sustainability accreditation programme.
Energy, water and waste are among key metrics measured to enhance the community’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance as per BREEAM’s assessment.
To achieve this, the first offering of upper-luxury villas and bungalows, launched in April 2018, will offer rooftop photovoltaic solar panels, providing 45% of energy needs, along with solar hot water heating and conditioning systems.
In addition, solar panels will be offered as options 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.
Majid Al Futtaim Communities CEO 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.
All water bodies, such as the fully swimmable Crystal Lagoon, will be topped up using ground water.
This will relieve pressure on the water table, which is rising across much of Dubai.
Homes will be fitted with water filters to provide pure drinking tap water and reduce consumption of bottled water, potentially saving 200 tonnes of plastic waste every year.
During building, 60% of construction 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.