Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower) said it has completed the construction of a central store facility at a total cost of Dh18 million ($4.9 million) in Al Quoz Industrial area in Dubai, UAE.
The launch of the 7,100-sq-m state-of-the-art facility comes in line with the UAE group's ambitious expansion plans.
Compliant with Dubai Municipality’s Green Building Regulations and Specifications, the facility now aims for Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the US Green Building Council.
Empower said the project was completed in a record six months ahead of the schedule. It includes storage facilities on the ground and mezzanine floors, office space, gantry crane, loading/unloading area, chemical drum storage facility and others.
Announcing the project's completion, CEO Ahmad Bin Shafar said the new facility has been designed to conserve electricity and water consumption.
"In line with the broad expansion, we are working toward the goal of extending district cooling services on a larger scale in the region. The central store facility is a world-class repository that follows green standards," remarked Bin Shafar.
The new building, which is strategically located to serve key areas in Dubai, has been established according to the best green building standards. It has been designed to store parts and accessories related to district cooling.
“We have implemented the highest green specifications, and we are aiming to acquire the Leed certificate from The US Green Building Council (USGBC). For example, the facility has been provided with translucent sheets for natural lighting, which is an additional benefit considering it covers the main hours of work every day," stated Bin Shafar.
According to him, Empower is making huge progress in its operations, as it takes into account the future needs of the company.
"We expect strong demand from new developments in view of urban expansion in Dubai until Expo 2020. It will be our responsibility to ensure rapid response in providing district cooling for all types of real estate projects," he added.