Sustainability promotes the long term value of a community, which has ecological, economical, and cultural implications. It requires the reconciliation of environmental, social equity and economic demands – also referred to as the ‘three pillars’ of sustainability (the 3 Es). In short, sustainability is about taking what we need now, without jeopardising the potential for people in the future to meet their needs.
Green building (also known as green construction or sustainable building) refers to a structure and usage process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle. This includes measures to reduce energy consumption – both the embodied energy required to extract, process, transport and install building materials and operating energy to provide services such as cooling and power. We have realised the significance of creating and operating sustainable communities, which not only provide a healthy and safer place for our residents, but that are also more cost effective and greener, with minimal impact on the environment. On this basis we’ve taken the following measures:-
There has been a shift from using normal decostar halogen lamps to LEDs which consume much less power and provide the same illumination level as their former counterparts
Onsite generation of renewable energy through solar power has also been introduced in a few individual communities and the sikka area between T1 (Al Nakheel and Al Jaz) and T2 (Al Samar and Al Dhafrah) communities
In 2013, we introduced a complimentary bus service to and from the Dubai Internet City Metro station at The Greens. There were over 21,000 passengers reported in the first six months of operation, thus taking 21,000 cars from the roads
We’ve adjusted the running time of cooling assets to reduce electricity usage. The Greens has saved over AED 2.7 million in utility costs until November 2013