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The British University in Dubai was established in 2004, and is the Middle East region's first, research based, postgraduate university. The university has partnerships with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, the University of Birmingham, Cardiff University and the King's College London.All BUiD Masters programmes have accreditation eligibility from UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.BUiD is located in Dubai International Academic City, Dubai. Wikipedia.

Braun M.R.,University of Sheffield | Altan H.,The British University in Dubai | Beck S.B.M.,University of Sheffield
Applied Energy | Year: 2014

The change in climate has led to an interest in how this will affect the energy consumption in buildings. Most of the work in the literature relates to offices and homes. However, this paper investigates a supermarket in northern England by means of a multiple regression analysis based on gas and electricity data for 2012.The equations obtained in this analysis use the humidity ratio derived from the dry-bulb temperature and the relative humidity in conjunction with the actual dry-bulb temperature. These equations are used to estimate the consumption for the base year period (1961-1990) and for the predicted climate period 2030-2059.The findings indicate that electricity use will increase by 2.1% whereas gas consumption will drop by about 13% for the central future estimate. The research further suggests that the year 2012 is comparable in temperature to the future climate, but the relative humidity is lower. Further research should include adaptation/mitigation measures and an evaluation of their usefulness. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Al-Amir J.,Dubai Electricity and Water Authority DEWA | Abu-Hijleh B.,The British University in Dubai
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews | Year: 2013

This paper looks into developing energy policy in the UAE in order to prompt renewable energy practices and thus sustainability in the UAE. This includes analyzing current and proposed future energy policies in the UAE. The research analyzed a wide range of strategies used in different countries in order to assess the best practice examples, while remaining mindful of the particularities of each country. Based on these lessons a strategy for promoting renewable energy in the UAE was formulated. The proposed strategy is composed of short, medium and long term policies. The proposed strategy was submitted to and discussed with relevant authorities and stakeholders in the UAE. Based on the feedback from the stakeholders the proposed policy was further refined. The main components of the final strategy include deregulation at three different levels (emirate, country and the gulf region), open access to the grid as well as financial incentives, e.g. implementation of a Feed-in Tariff. The final strategy is included at the end of the paper. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Source

AlFarra H.J.,University of Cardiff | Abu-Hijleh B.,The British University in Dubai
Energy Policy | Year: 2012

The annual CO 2 emissions have more than doubled in the UAE since 1990. Electricity generated by fossil fuels is responsible for almost half of the country's emissions. Keeping with the Kyoto Protocol, the UAE decided to integrate nuclear energy into the electricity scheme to mitigate CO 2 emissions as declared by the government (Embassy-of-UAE, 2009; ENEC, 2010b). This paper evaluates the effectiveness of the UAE's proposed nuclear energy strategy in mitigating CO 2 emissions from the built environment up to year 2050. The IAEA's simulation model "MESSAGE" is used to estimate the energy demand and CO 2 emissions in the UAE up to year 2050.Several energy supply/fuels scenarios are modeled and simulated including the following: Business as Usual (BaU), the UAE proposed nuclear strategy (APR1400) as well as 12 more aggressive Clean Energy Era (CEE) proposed scenarios. Nuclear energy, especially in its extreme CEE scenario (8NPPs), was found to be more practical option in mitigating CO 2 than renewable energy and carbon capture and sequestration among the simulated scenarios. Nuclear energy also demonstrated an economic viability. The cost of electricity produced from nuclear energy was calculated to be 3.2cents/kWh, significantly less than the current cost of 8.15cents/kWh for electricity generation from fossil fuels in the UAE. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. Source

Hammad F.,WS Atkins | Abu-Hijleh B.,The British University in Dubai
Energy and Buildings | Year: 2010

This research is aimed at exploring the influence of external dynamic louvers on the energy consumption of an office building located in Abu Dhabi-UAE. The IES-VR software was used to predict the energy consumption of a representative office module in order to evaluate the overall energy performance of employing external louvers on the south, east and west oriented faades. The use of dynamic faades was compared to another simpler method of using light-sensor controlled light dimmers. The results show that the potential energy savings using light dimming strategy only was 24.4%, 24.45% and 25.19% for the south, east and west oriented faades, respectively. The proposed dynamic louvers system with light dimming strategy achieved energy savings of 34.02%, 28.57% and 30.31% for the south, east and west orientations, respectively. Detailed analysis of the results showed that the faade's optimal static angle was -20° for the south oriented faade and 20° for the east and west oriented faades. Using these fixed optimal angles resulted in slightly lower energy savings than that of the dynamic faades. This would seem to be a good tradeoff between savings in energy running cost and the investment required to install, operate and maintain a dynamic faades system. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Source

Mir F.A.,The British University in Dubai | Pinnington A.H.,The British University in Dubai
International Journal of Project Management | Year: 2014

The literature on Project Management (PM) shows that, in spite of advancement in PM processes, tools and systems, project success has not significantly improved. This problem raises questions about the value and effectiveness of PM and PM systems. This paper reports a research study which tests the relationship between PM performance and project success drawing from empirical data on PM professionals working in UAE project-based organisations.Multi-dimensional frameworks are validated and used in this study to measure PM performance and project success. A total of 154 completed questionnaires were analysed. Bi-variate correlation and multiple regression tests found a positive influence of PM performance and its contributing variables on project success. Additionally, new variable relationships that have not previously been identified are explored between individual variables of PM performance and project success. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and IPMA. Source

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