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Title: The Al Bahr towers - enhancing sustainability through innovation
Authors: Xuereb, Konrad
Keywords: Renewable energy sources -- Technological innovations
Energy harvesting -- United Arab Emirates -- Abu Dhabi
Sustainable buildings -- Design and construction
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: University of Malta. Institute for Sustainable Energy
Citation: Xuereb, K. (2014). The Al Bahr towers - enhancing sustainability through innovation. Sustainable Energy 2014 : The ISE Annual conference, Qawra. 9-16.
Abstract: This paper presents the Al Bahr Towers recently completed in Abu Dhabi. It describes the innovative adaptive facade that wraps around the towers and adapts in accordance to the solar incidence to control solar heat gain and optimise daylight within the buildings. The paper reports the studies carried out to mitigate the risks inherent in implementing a novel shading system in a large building project. It elaborates on how the façade was implemented and its sustainability credentials in relation to energy performance of the project. The paper describes how daylighting was controlled by the Mashrabiya screen and the typology of the curtain wall lying behind it. A critique is made on the possible implementation of a similar system in a Mediterranean climate.
ISBN: 9789995706685
Appears in Collections:ISE Conference 2014

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