Towards Net-Zero Energy House in UAE: Techno-economic assessment of options for Sustainable Energy Transition in Buildings.

  • Layla M. Saleh

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In the United Arab Emirates, the residential buildings sector accounts for 33% of the total energy consumption, out of which 57% is used for cooling. The ability of reducing the residential energy footprint through own-generation is an item studied for milder climates. We assess paths for developing Net Zero Energy Buildings in the UAE by combining energy efficiency and own-generation. We develop an energy model for a typical villa in Abu Dhabi, UAE and modify its specifications in order to evaluate the tradeoffs between envelope efficiency and energy supply. We identify cost-effective approaches to Net Zero Energy buildings in a hot arid climate using Abu Dhabi as a case study. An additional cost of 100,584 AED can transform a house to a Zero Energy House in Abu Dhabi. Interventions that are cost effective enough to be included in the design of NZE include behavioral change, thermostat set point change, LED lighting, high efficiency appliances, insulation, and chiller efficiency improvement.
Date of AwardAug 2015
Original languageAmerican English
SupervisorSgouris Sgouridis (Supervisor)


  • Net-Zero Energy
  • Energy Buildings
  • Energy Consumption
  • UAE
  • Abu Dhabi.

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