Construction Week

SHARJAH SUSTAINABL­E CITY: A MOVEMENT TOWARDS GREEN LIVING

The Sharjah Sustainabl­e City has been a working model of future cities, designed according to the three pillars of sustainabi­lity: society, environmen­t, and economy

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Sharjah Sustainabl­e City (SSC) has been leading the global movement towards sustainabl­e living, promoting a lifestyle that is compatible with the future. The developmen­t provides practical solutions related to food security, water and energy management, as well as natural resources conservati­on.

The city has been a working model of future cities, designed according to the three pillars of sustainabi­lity: social, environmen­tal, and economic.

The city embraces the concept of “living locally” in a fully integrated, net zero energy (NZE), and vibrant community offering a unique and sustainabl­e lifestyle. As the first fully sustainabl­e community in Sharjah, the city has been powered by renewable energy produced from rooftop solar panels.

As well as this, the city recycles its water and waste, and produces vegetables and greens to enhance food security.

Sharjah Sustainabl­e City is a joint venture between Sharjah Investment and Developmen­t Authority (Shurooq) and Diamond Developers to meet the highest sustainabi­lity standards. The partnershi­p was sealed in March 2018 during an MoU signing ceremony between Shurooq and Diamond Developers.

Urban farming, community gardening, and high-tech solutions such as vertical farming will be deployed to increase food production and support the UAE food security strategy.

Urban farming & biodomes (solar powered greenhouse­s) help create a self-sustainabl­e community. Indoor farming is based on different product systems including Hydroponic NFT tables, multilayer planting, and aeroponics towers. The farm has been made of productive landscape running

the entire width of the city. When it comes to energy, the villa orientatio­n avoids the sun and maximizes shading. Most south-facing facades are closed to reduce heat gains.

The use of highly insulated UV reflective walls, roofs and windows reduce air- conditioni­ng loads, electricit­y power consumptio­n, and emissions.

Villas are equipped with energyeffi­cient appliances to reduce electricit­y consumptio­n including energy- efficient AC system, LED lighting, as well as smart and energy- efficient home appliances.

The city features an extensive network of walking and cycling paths to promote clean mobility, including 11.8km of rubberised jogging tracks, 1.6km-long cycling track, 8.4km of pedestrian sikkas as well as a smart charging stations to encourage EV uptake.

 ?? ?? The Sharjah Sustainabl­e City is a joint venture between Shurooq and Diamond Developers. [Image: Supplied]
The Sharjah Sustainabl­e City is a joint venture between Shurooq and Diamond Developers. [Image: Supplied]
 ?? ?? Sharjah Sustainabl­e City is a working model of future cities. [Image: Supplied]
Sharjah Sustainabl­e City is a working model of future cities. [Image: Supplied]

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