Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s new 185,637 ft2 Dubai building will be set up as a high-tech and modern facility that will maintain, repair and overhaul inflight entertainment systems and harness cables. This location is pursuing the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) for New Construction 3.0 (NCv3.0) Certification– so it will be designed, constructed and operated in a sustainable manner to increase energy efficiency, to reduce water consumption and to provide a healthier environment for its employees. Taking up a total area of 78,138 ft2 on Plot No. W73 at the Dubai Airport Free Zone, the building will have a basement, ground, three floors and a rooftop level, housing a workshop, offices, a media lab and ancillary requirement. Expected occupancy will be in the 2nd quarter of 2014.
In efforts to support the Sustainable Vision of Dubai through a wiser use of natural resources, Panasonic Avionics is planning to participate in a citywide sustainability program. As a first step towards this initiative, Panasonic Avionics is pursuing the INNOVATION IN DESIGN “GREEN EDUCATION PROGRAM” from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED NCv3.0.
The Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development (MECSD) was engaged early on by Panasonic Avionics to become a sustainable consultant.
MECSD conducted vision meetings to determine Panasonic Avionics’ overall goals and to secure support from key stakeholders by helping them see beyond the politics of green and recognize the educational and economic value of a LEED‐certified building.
The result was a program document that outlined how building a green office and workshop provided an opportunity for Panasonic Avionics to dovetail its educational objectives and mission with its sustainability goals.
The document noted how the new building facilities could be used as teaching tools and set an example for its green features and energy‐efficient systems integrated throughout the building’s life cycle.
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- Parking is covered with light material having a SRI value of 37
- Dedicated bicycle racks and shower facilities for employees
- Preferred parking provision for Low‐emitting and carpool/vanpool vehicles
- Increased landscaping space than local zoning requirements and low water consumption plants
- Automatic sensor water taps and water efficient fixtures saving 30% of water consumption annually
- Entire building has drip irrigation system, instead of sprinkler system
- Grey water treatment plan
Material & Resources
- 78% of construction waste diverted from landfill
- 33.5% recycle content material installed
- 42.7% regional material used
- Certified wood from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
- Dedicated garbage bins
- Four (4) numbers of Solar Hot Water Collector for domestic hot water – saving 21,000 kWh of energy annually
- 552 numbers of Solar PV panels generating around 250,000 kWh of energy
- Efficient air cooled chiller in accordance with ASHRAE standards
- Variable air volume system
- Efficient envelope system
- Efficient glass with low SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient)
- LED lights and CFL lights with occupancy sensors, instead of Halogens
- Overall 37% Energy Savings over ASHRAE Baseline
- Dedicated energy meters for solar generation and overall energy consumption for measurement and verification
Indoor Environment Quality
- Fresh air supply to whole building in accordance with ASHRAE 62.1, 2007 Standard
- Entire building is monitored with central building management system
- Non smoking facility, with dedicated smoking areas more than 25 ft away from entrance
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