Dubai, UAE, 10 March 2019: UAE-based Taqeef has won the Best Green Building Project’ award at the Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards 2019 for its Ain Al Fayda 5,000-villa VRF project, the company said through a Press communiqué.
Taqeef said through the communiqué that it earned the honour for its innovative support for sustainable building solutions and the use of green design and technology in the project. The AED 9 billion, 12.5-million-square-metre Ain Al Fayda development forms a key part of the Emirati Family Housing Programme – a comprehensive, mixed-use, master-planned community, catering to an estimated 60,000 population base.
By using Mideas VRF technology for this world-first project, the judges noted that Taqeef demonstrated support for sustainable growth through investment in clean energy and smart technologies, as outlined in the UAE Vision 2021, The Green Growth Strategy, The Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy (DIES) 2030 and the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, the company said through the communiqué.
The scope of the project – reportedly, the largest VRF installation in the world – has already secured significant savings, Taqeef said in the communiqué. With 51% occupancy since January 2018, these include estimated power savings of 54,358,200 KWh, CO2 savings of 29,190,353 Kg and electricity bill savings of 21,743,280 AED, the company claimed through the communiqué.
Speaking at the ceremony, which took place at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Tariq Al Ghussein, CEO at Taqeef, commented: We are thrilled to be recognised in this important category. This award is testament to the dedication of our team and partners in delivering innovative, large-scale cooling solutions that are designed to improve the efficiency of buildings and reduce the impact on both human health and the environment.”
He added: “While VRF wasnt the simplest solution for this project, it was the most sustainable, and so that made it an obvious choice to us. Through the innovation of our product partners at Midea and that of our talented technical team, we were able to deliver a project that made a positive impact on our business, our region and our industry.