Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has been awarded ‘LEED Gold Certification’ for the seven stations of Route 2020, the dedicated Dubai Metro line to Expo 2020 Dubai.
It was awarded under the rating system ‘LEED V4 BD+C’ following the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC), part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
This achievement can be attributed to choosing the optimum sites for stations and executing techniques to reduce the usage of power and water. These solutions also aim to reduce construction waste while reducing carbon emissions and using suitable and recyclable building materials.
“The U.S. Green Buildings Council had confirmed that the RTA has the world’s highest number of LEED v4 BD+C: NC certified Transit projects. This achievement reflects the authority’s standing commitment to leadership and excellence in delivering the Route 2020 project for the region and the world over.”
As part of its effort to foster a more sustainable urban environment, RTA seeks to use cutting-edge technologies and implement green building technologies. It also aims to improve the infrastructure’s efficiency in all major operations and facilities, through which it has achieved significant breakthroughs that have played a key role in environmental protection, cost savings, and resource preservation.
Among the technologies that RTA has applied is the Adiabatic Evaporative System. The system involved the installation of cooling pads on the wall of metro and tram stations to lower the temperature of the air entering the station by 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. It reduced the load on the air conditioning systems and generated about 10 to 15 percent power savings.
RTA has also implemented the Environmental Control System, which analyses weather and air-quality data inside the stations.