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
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.