Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Taqeef, the originator of desert cooling systems in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, supported ENOC’s Gas Station of the Future at Expo 2020 in its aim to achieve “Platinum” certification with a sustainable, state-of-the-art and energy-efficient cooling solutions.
The project is the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified service station, with a design inspired by the ghaf tree. The Service Station of the Future has been equipped with 13 indoor and outdoor units using new generation O General Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) technology to cool 300 ft2of space.
Platinum is the highest rating possible under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – the most widely used green building rating system in the world, and a mark of excellence for design and construction highly efficient and economical.
His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of ENOC Group, said: “As the first service station in the world to achieve LEED platinum certification, this is a prestigious recognition for us. Energy efficiency, sustainability and cost-effectiveness were some of the key factors considered when designing the gas station of the future, and Taqeef’s HVAC solutions played a vital role in helping the station achieve its certificate.
“Taqeef has been at the forefront of advocating air conditioning technologies that achieve increasing levels of energy conservation beyond the benchmark standard to reduce the environmental impacts associated with excessive energy consumption. We are proud to have played an important role in supporting ENOC in realizing its vision of a sustainable and technologically advanced concept,” commented Tariq Al Ghussein, CEO of Taqeef.
“HVAC plays a critical role in achieving LEED certification, as the two main rating categories in the rating system are relevant to HVAC. Thanks to the innovation of our product partners at O General and that of our talented technical team, we were able to deliver a project that will go down in history as the first of its kind, inspiring more project owners to make choices. greener for their HVAC systems,” added Al Ghussein.
VRF systems are durable, cost-effective HVAC systems that offer many benefits, including energy savings, increased comfort, design and installation flexibility, lower maintenance costs, and quiet operation. Thanks to these advantages, VRF technology offers the possibility of obtaining a significant number of points towards LEED certification.
With 50 years of HVAC leadership, Taqeef is setting the agenda for more conscious cooling – with cleaner, greener systems and designs in the residential and commercial sectors. Backed by award-winning knowledge and service expertise, along with installation savings and low equipment lifecycle costs, Taqeef’s insight and added value helps reduce the impact of cooling on the environment, one degree at a time.
By using Taqeef’s O General VRF units, ENOC’s service station earned points in the following categories for LEED certification:
Category: Energy and Atmosphere (EA)
Prerequisite: basic commissioning of building energy systems
O General VRF consists of state-of-the-art technology that can facilitate equipment testing and commissioning; and control and monitoring using advanced control solutions.
Prerequisites: Minimum energy performance
The high efficiency of O General VRF systems helps meet this prerequisite.
Prerequisite: fundamental management of refrigerants
The VRF system does not use any chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants.
Credit: Improved Refrigerant Management
The Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) of the refrigerant used in the O General VRF system has an ODP of 0.
Credit: Optimizing energy performance
Energy costs can be minimized with O General VRF systems due to low power consumption.
Category: Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
Credit: Controllability of Systems – Thermal Comfort
o General VRF systems can enable zoning with very reliable controllers that can accurately control temperature.
Credit: Thermal Comfort – Design
O General VRF systems can allow for zoning which can contribute to better thermal control for occupants.