The First Green Mosque in Dubai to be Built
Although eco friendly mosque is not the first of the kind in the world, it is going to be the first one in United Arab Emirates. In-line with green building standards, the largest mosque in Dubai (for 3.500 worshippers) is planned to be completed by the end of 2013.
Global energy problems and growing CO2 emissions initiated the religious institutions to introduce modern renewable energy solutions to a tradition. Awqaf and Minor Affairs Foundation (AMAF), who are responsible for a construction, has recently revealed that the main constructor is the leading local contracting company Al Arif Contracting. The investment of about AED25 million (US$ 6,8 million) will be used for a highly efficient environmental-friendly technologies combined with a traditional building design.
Planned renewable energy solutions aim to reduce energy consumption by 20% and water consumption by 25%.
To fulfil given goals the solar panels will be used to heat the water for ablutions and the imam’s house. As the renewable energy principles suggest, this water could be reused again for irrigation and washroom needs which will be obtained by the recycling plant within mosque. Knowing that average water consumption in mosques is 3 litres per person a day, simple calculation gives the estimate of 10.500 litre water needed in a day for such a big mosque. But with energy efficient strategy, savings of water could be even more than 2.500 litres a day.
Furthermore, the basic principles of passive solar architecture are going to be applied. For example, carefully chosen orientation of the mosque to get maximum light will lead to reduction in electricity consumption. The energy preserving will be also obtained through thermal insulation using heat reflective colours at facade and planting the roof garden. The important step towards environment protection is to avoid using asbestos and polystyrene as the building materials.
Usually, average electricity usage in mosque is about 250 kW per m2 in a year. This green mosque is planned to extend over almost 10.000 m2 and estimated electricity requirement is about 2.500 mW yearly. With a provided energy reduction of 25%, nominal number of electricity savings could go up to significant 490 mW per year.
Having in mind all the above actions towards greener planet and environment protection, the AMAF Secretary-General Tayeb Al Rais said: “Following the successful completion of this landmark initiative, AMAF aims to transform a large number of mosques in Dubai into eco-friendly mosques and adopt green building standards to contribute to Dubai’s sustainable development plans.”, and continued: “The construction of the mosque is in line with the UAE leadership’s vision towards the conservation of resources, environment protection and the adoption of green practices.”