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MENAFN Press - 24/04/2014
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(MENAFN Press) The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) today opened its Estidama villa experience to Cityscape visitors, giving them the chance to explore some of the innovative features designed to save energy and enhance residents' quality of life.

The interactive Estidama villa highlights some of the energy-saving and resource efficiency benefits of new homes that comply with the Estidama Pearl Rating System. These include water-saving taps, insulated walls and windows that keep out more heat, and an advanced, energy-saving air conditioning system.

Visitors to the UPC stand at Cityscape “ the region's largest annual real estate event “ can inspect cross-sections of the Estidama walls, and try out the low-flow taps and AC unit for themselves. Samples of the lead and non-cancerous (asbestos-free) paint used in Estidama villas are on display at the stand, along with a scale-model of an Estidama villa and a video explaining the environmental and lifestyle benefits.

The Estidama villa experience aims to show Cityscape delegates the different ways in which the requirements of the Pearl Rating System (PRS) can maximise resource efficiency and quality of life in urban developments. It emphasises how relatively small changes in residential design can play an important role in supporting Abu Dhabi's sustainable future.

HE Falah Al Ahbabi, the UPC's General Manager, said: "Sustainable development is at the core of Abu Dhabi's growth under Vision 2030. The Urban Planning Council's Estidama programme is a key part of achieving a sustainable way of living, based on four equal pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, social and cultural."

"Recent announcements by the Abu Dhabi Government stated that 17.5 bn AED has been reserved for utilities subsidies. Estidama will support a reduction in the size of the subsidies required, as a result of the tangible water and electricity savings the PRS delivers. By reducing water and energy consumption, not only do we protect our natural resources, but a greater proportion of Government spending can be used for social infrastructure projects such as schools and hospitals." Al Ahbabi added.

Designed with the UAE's minimal rainfall and high summer
temperatures in mind, benefits of the Estidama villa include:

- Made from 0% hazardous materials,
- 100% Steel sourced locally
- Windows let 40% less heat in
- Insulated walls allow 85% less heat in
- Villa is 64% more airtight than a non-Estidama home,

keeping cool air in, and dust out
- Reflective roof allows 33% less heat from the sun through
- A single solar hot water generator on the roof replaces multiple water heaters
- 83% of hot water is provided from renewable energy
- The advanced air-conditioner uses 37% less energy than a conventional unit

Overall, an Estidama villa provides a total energy saving of 36% compared with a non-Estidama villa, by saving 43% on energy required for cooling and 35% on water consumption.

The Estidama Pearl Villa Rating System is currently voluntary for singularly owned Emirati villas, However the UPC strongly encourages sustainable design and construction practices to create healthier, more energy and water efficient homes.

The Estidama villa experience is one of several interactive
components making the UPC's stand one of the highlights of
this year's Cityscape, which runs from April 22 to 24, 2014, at

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.


About the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) was created by law number 23 of the year 2007 and is the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban environments, and the expert authority behind the framework plans for the Emirate: Plan Capital 2030, Plan Al Ain 2030, Plan Al Gharbia 2030 and Plan Maritime 2030. Chaired by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council defines the shape of the Emirate, ensuring factors such as sustainability, infrastructure capacity, community planning and quality of life, by overseeing development across the city and the Emirate as a whole. The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council ensures best practice in planning for both new and existing urban areas.The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council's primary purpose is to deliver upon the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, Ruler of Abu Dhabi for the continued fulfilment of the grand design envisaged by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the ongoing evolution of Abu Dhabi as a global capital city. By drawing on urban planning expertise locally, throughout the GCC and around the world, the UPC strives to be a global authority on the future of urban planning and design.

 


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