Dubai: A new multi-storey car park building in Dubai has won an international award for using electricity produced from solar panels on its roof.
Built by the Dubai Municipality, the parking building at Al Garhoud has a covered parking lot with solar panels connected to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) network.
Covering an area of 2,494 square meters, the solar energy system consists of 1,530 solar panels, with a capacity of 500 KW, the municipality announced on Monday.
The building’s carbon footprint is equivalent to minimizing the production of 143.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
The Municipality of Dubai won the first place of the International Architecture Award in the Green Good Design category for the environmentally friendly project.
The parking building, which consists of a ground floor and five additional floors, is built on an area of 7,539 square meters.
The municipality said the Garhoud parking lot was designed to be the first environmentally friendly parking building, using environmentally friendly methods to generate energy for the building. Hence, it is called a zero energy building.
It is strategically located near a cluster of important government facilities such as the Personal Status Court, the Roads and Transport Authority building and the Dubai Municipality building in Garhoud, in addition to a group of neighboring schools.
The prize is organized by the European Center for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum represented by the Museum of Architecture and Design. The Chicago Athenaeum is a private museum of architecture and design, based in Galena, Illinois
The Green Design Award follows the world’s most important examples of sustainable design and works to develop an awareness program on international companies and institutions that achieve the best eco-friendly and sustainable designs.