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WSA wins Innovation Award 2008 - Sustainability in Dubai

A partnership responsible for designing an innovative sustainable high-rise building in Dubai has been recognised at the Cardiff University Innovation Awards.

The University’s Welsh School of Architecture and Atkins Middle East were awarded the 2008 Innovation Award for Early Stage Collaboration for their design of a low energy, low emission high-rise building in the United Arab Emirates.

Together with Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the partners worked as an integrated design team, using advanced research-based computer modelling to produce a series of design options for the exterior and environmental services.  Each option was formulated and tested before the final design selection was made. 

The result of the collaboration is the DIFC Lighthouse Tower, a 65 story, state-of-the-art building using a combination of reduced energy demand and renewable energy resources to achieve a 60 per cent reduction in energy use, compared to a standard high-rise building. Three large wind turbines integrated into the building construction at high level contribute to the low energy design.

Professor Phil Jones, Head of the Welsh School of Architecture led the academic involvement in the project. He said: “The project is an excellent example of how design research can be used to provide performance based evidence for low carbon building design”

The innovative solutions explored for sustainable building design, and the procedures which were followed in this collaborative project are now being considered for future low carbon projects in the Middle East.

The Cardiff University Innovation Awards celebrate the continuing success and diverse collaborations which demonstrate the advantages to be gained from industry-academia co-working.

This year’s awards were sponsored by BioFusion and Geldards. Ceri Delemore, a Partner with Geldards LLP, said: “Geldards is delighted to continue its support of these highly successful awards which clearly demonstrate the advantages to be gained from industry and academia working in partnership.

The common thread for all the award-winning projects is the way in which the collaborations have benefited all of the participants – it really is a case of ‘knowledge-exchange’ rather than one-way ‘knowledge-transfer’.”