Gems Dubai American Academy is UAE’s first thermal energy storage school

Gems Dubai American Academy is UAE’s first thermal energy storage school
Published: 30 April 2019 - 8 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Gems Dubai American Academy has managed to reduce its energy consumptionby 30-50% by using TermoDeck technology for its structure.

The technology has also enable the school to reduce its AC capacity by up to 50%.

This follows an agreement with Eco-Structures International, which focuses on providing the best building envelopes and indoor air quality systems.

Tammy Murphy, superintendent and CEO at Gems Dubai American Academy, said: “In the GCC, approximately 70% of power is used for air-conditioning alone. With the installation of advanced technology following our agreement with Eco-Structures, our eco footprint can be significantly reduced while saving costs and providing students and teachers with the best air quality possible.

The Gems Dubai American Academy campus, spread over an area of over 40,000 m2, includes classrooms, cafeterias, offices, lecture halls, theatres and a gymnasium.

To make the campus more environmentally-friendly, the TermoDeck design concept is being deployed, which uses the building’s structural mass to regulate internal temperatures for a wide spectrum of building types.

Randa Mouammar, chief strategy officer at Eco-Structures, said: “Schools are more likely to have environmental deficiencies and poor indoor environmental quality than other buildings. When TermoDeck was applied to the design of the Gems Dubai American Academy campus, the total connected load requirements dropped from 7.4 to 4.9 megawatts. In spaces where TermoDeck now operates, there is a design minimum of 50% fresh air circulation during occupancy and tests show the lowest possible counts for bacteria, mould and fungus.”

Tests of the new school environment have indicated stable temperatures without any cold airflows or drafts, and teachers have reported high levels of occupant comfort inside their quietly airconditioned classrooms.

Illness-related absence has also been reported to be significantly lower.

During cooler desert nights, TermoDeck absorbs the warmth provided by the sun in the daytime so that indoor temperature remains comfortable and stable, year-round without consuming too much energy.

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