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New building concept saves 70% in Electrical Consumption

A recent study of Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, has revealed a consumption of over 7,000 MWe in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi alone added to an expense of AED 8 million, a figure that is expected to rise with the high level of growth and construction in the UAE. ’Stand-alone’ Abu Dhabi villas have by far the highest consumption of energy due to their large spaces, un-insulated concrete walls, individual A/C units and high proportion of exposed external surface relative to internal volume. Each villa within the Emirate uses a staggering 32,000 to 97,000KwH of energy, per annum. Living in a detached villa is a desirable lifestyle in the UAE, but it currently comes with a high cost in energy, which is bad news for the environment and the finances of the building occupant. �With the use of PAC technology, electricity consumption can be decreased by 60-70%’ stated Abdul Rahman Al Bluwi, BENA’s Managing Director. Precast Aerated Concrete (PAC) is a fully automated technology that has been proven effective and utilised in Europe since 1923. PAC has more than ten times the thermal insulation of conventional concrete of equal thickness. Its superior insulating system significantly decreases the need for electrical consumption which is expected to triple in Abu Dhabi by the year 2030 according to a recent report by Allroya News. Carbon emission is the largest threat to the environment, responsible for pollution and climate change. It is estimated that buildings contribute approximately 40% of global carbon emissions. With the UAE’s alarming carbon emission record, the second worst in the region, Precast Aerated Concrete (PAC) provides a viable solution for the real estate sector. Having started operations in 2009 with an investment of AED 100 million, BENA German Emarati company, founded as an initiative by OFFSET Program Bureau (TAWAZUN), is the biggest producer of Precast Aerated Concrete (PAC) in the UAE. Backed by German technology and expertise, BENA utilises the most advanced PAC technology in the Middle East and has a production capacity of 1,500 villas per year, making it the largest in the region. At this time, Abu Dhabi Government predicts an annual demand of 7,000-10,000 villas to be built in the outskirts of Abu-Dhabi. BENA plays a significant role in the development of the Abu Dhabi Emirate through its strategic partnership with ALDAR, SOROUH, MASDAR and the ABU DHABI COUNCIL for URBAN PLANNING. �BENA is pleased to announce that its Eco strategies are in compliance with the ABU DHABI 2030 URBAN STRUCTURE FRAMEWORK PLAN’. The Eco-villa concept allows us to build smart for future generations ’, added Al Bluwi.

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