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nZEB trend gathers steam in the GCC region

Industry insider believes technology maturity and greater awareness among end-users will prove to be key factors for the progress of nZEB in the region

| | Oct 25, 2017 | 2:31 pm
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As the nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB) trend builds up in the GCC region, consumers need to have a better understanding and become more aware of its high returns, said Christos Mimikopoulos, Executive Director – Solar, Etihad Energy Services.

Mimikopoulos said that end-users need to become more comfortable with the risk-reward of the nZEB profile for them to grow more confident in investing towards it.

He pointed out that over a period of time, the technologies will become more mature, and the costs will come down, thus making the nZEB trend more economically attractive, enabling the region to harness its results.

Speaking on how nZEBs will grow in the UAE, Saeed Al Abbar, Chairperson of Emirates Green Building Council, pointed to the evolution of building codes in the country over decades. nZEB will progress, as it is considered vital. Also, it conforms to the UAE Vision 2021 and UAE Energy Strategy 2050.

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