Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has invited private schools in Dubai to participate in its Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Benchmarking Project, which aims to establish the first industry energy and water benchmark for schools in the UAE.
EmiratesGBC’s BEA project assesses the energy and water performance of existing buildings against similar buildings within the same typology. Schools are one of three building typologies selected for this project, because of their operational and social importance, EmiratesGBC stated.
By evaluating energy and water data shared by schools, the project aims to assess the energy and water saving potential of school buildings. This initiative is an important step forward in encouraging Dubai based schools to improve their building efficiency year on year, and save on their operational costs.
Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “Benchmarking is an important step for schools to evaluate their energy and water usage. It enables the sector to make decisions backed by solid data on how to improve their consumption rates and track their progress. Energy and water management are inherently embedded into the core of green schools, and today, a very limited number of schools fulfil the requirements to be sustainable. Educational institutions are a priority sector and we therefore encourage all schools in Dubai to participate in the BEA benchmarking project and become leaders, and advocates, in the drive to sustainable development in the UAE.”
Participating in the BEA project is free and involves schools filling out a questionnaire about the general characteristics of the school, its facilities, and its annual energy and water consumption.
Each participating school will be provided a tailored scorecard at the end of the project to compare its energy performance against other participants.
The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2018.