Majid Al Futtaim eyes 'very good' BREEAM rating for Tilal Al Ghaf

Majid Al Futtaim eyes 'very good' BREEAM rating for Tilal Al Ghaf
An artist's impression of the Tilal Al Ghaf
Published: 20 June 2018 - 5 a.m.

Majid Al Futtaim plans to make its new flagship Dubai community, Tilal Al Ghaf, the first mixed-use development in the emirate to achieve a ‘very good’ rating under the BREEAM sustainability accreditation programme.

According to a press release, energy, water and waste are among key metrics to measure sustainability performance as per BREEAM’s assessment.

As per the company’s plans, extensive on-site generation of solar power will be one of the key features of Tilal Al Ghaf’s sustainability strategy.

The first offering of upper-luxury villas and bungalows, launched in April 2018, have rooftop photovoltaic solar panels as a standard feature which provide 45% of energy needs, along with solar hot water heating and top-notch air conditioning systems.

In addition to this, solar panels will be offered as options for single-family buildings and installed on public buildings across the community. Public spaces will be lit by solar-powered streetlights and renewable energy will be deployed alongside smart technology to reduce energy consumption.

“Majid Al Futtaim sets itself apart by not just selling bricks and mortar, but also making a steadfast commitment to the community beyond delivering homes by setting long-term goals to enhance its green footprint,” said Hawazen Esber, the CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Communities. “We are taking an ambitious but practical, viable, and achievable approach to sustainability that will not only have environmental benefits, but in the long-run will also deliver financial savings for residents to create a healthy and balanced community living.”

Other environmental targets include a 55% reduction in the project’s carbon footprint, and 25% reduction in potable water demand. All water bodies, such as the fully swimmable Crystal Lagoon, will be topped up using ground water. This will relieve pressure on the water table, which is rising across much of Dubai.

Homes will be fitted with water filters to provide pure drinking tap water and reduce consumption of bottled water, potentially saving 200 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

Also, 60% of construction waste will be diverted from landfill, and 30% of waste will be recycled during operation, with 80% of organic waste recycled as compost for the community’s parks and gardens.

The release said that the name ‘Tilal Al Ghaf’ is inspired by the indigenous Ghaf tree which is a symbol of the UAE. Extensive plantings of indigenous Ghaf trees will be provided across the community to encourage “a sense of connection to the national natural landscape, as well as preserving these significant environmental resources.”

“There is a growing number of consumers who want to make positive change in their world and in their community, and Majid Al Futtaim supports that in our vision for Tilal Al Ghaf,” said Hawazen Esber. “Our initial offering of Harmony and Serenity villas and bungalows will provide quality that lasts, and residents see eco-features such as solar power as making an important investment in the future, taking a step beyond merely buying fashionable luxuries for today.”

Spanning 3mn sq m at the intersection of Hessa Street and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, near Dubai Sports City, Tilal Al Ghaf is a phased project that will include more than 6,500 freehold homes when complete by 2027, ranging from apartments, townhouses and bungalows, through to substantial luxury villas.

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