Following the hugely successful launch of 2015 RetrofitTech conference we are proud to announce that the event will be returning to UAE on the 14th & 15th March 2016.
The retrofitting of existing buildings to greener standards is widely recognized as a key step in the sustainable development of a nation’s economy. Energy usage in buildings accounts for almost 40% of global consumption, thus mechanisms installed to reduce electricity and water usage are integral to reducing a country’s energy output.
The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has set the goal of reducing energy demand by 30% by 2030. To achieve this goal, retrofitting and refurbishing existing buildings has been identified as a core strategy to reduce overall energy demand.
Recently, several government-backed entities in Dubai have signed contracts worth around $20 million to make environmental improvements to their real estate portfolios. They include Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai Civil Defense, DP World and Wasl Asset Management Group.
Each has struck a deal with Etihad Energy Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), which was set up with the aim of retrofitting buildings to make them energy efficient.