28/07/2011 - Dubai Property News Posted by Neil King
The building of ten new sustainable public schools has led to recognition for the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec).Schools in the city and its suburbs earned the highest sustainability rating under the Urban Planning Council's (UPC) code, the first to get the recognition in the emirate.They have been built using sustainable materials that will lead to efficiencies when in use such as lower energy and water consumption. Indoor air quality will also be good and waste management practices are in place, Gulf News reported.Hamad Al Daheri, Adec's infrastructure and facilities division manager, told the news provider: "Nine per cent of the energy consumption in these schools will rely on alternative energy. We are focusing on the conservation of energy, water consumption and recycling of waste and are working with the UPC to allocate more schools with energy sustainable measures."The schools will use solar photovoltaic systems for water and water will be recycled.Adec has a ten-year Future Schools Programme to design 100 public schools with sustainable measures and in 2009 it designed 23 institutions with energy efficient systems.