DEWA’s new headquarters, called Al-Shera’a (Arabic for sail), will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy building in the world. Total energy used in the building during a year will be equal to or less than the energy produced on-site during that year. The building is designed to receive a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Al-Sheraa’s built-up area is over 2 million square feet. It will have 15 floors, a basement and 4 floors of car parking. It can house 5,000 people. The building will have over 20,000 square metres of photovoltaic solar panels rated to over 4,000 kilowatts. There will be 1,000 square metres of Building Integrated Photovoltaics. The building will generate over 6,500 megawatt hours (MWh) a year of renewable energy. The building is intended to use 50% less water than regular buildings.