Designed according to the three pillars of sustainability, Sharjah Sustainable City features concepts of living that sets the tone for future communities in the region
Developed through a joint venture between Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and Diamond Developers, the Sharjah Sustainable City (SSC) is embracing a new concept of “living locally” in a fully integrated and renewable energy-powered community.
Sharjah Sustainable City is a working model for future cities. As the first fully sustainable community in Sharjah, the city is powered by renewable energy produced from rooftop solar panels. It recycles its water and waste and produces vegetables and greens to enhance food security.
All things considered, there are still several features of the city that you might not know about. From its biodomes and waste management to energy savings equipment, Sharjah Sustainable City is packed with unique features that enable it to fulfil its vision for sustainable living.
5 sustainable Features of Sharjah Sustainable City
1. Urban Farming and Biodomes
Urban farming, community gardening, and high-tech solutions such as vertical farming will be deployed to increase food production and support the UAE food security strategy. The city’s indoor farming system is based on different product systems including Hydroponic NFT tables, multilayer planting, and aeroponics towers.
Additionally, the ‘farms’ running through the entire width of the community are made of productive landscape allowing residents to farm their own food.
2. Green Mobility
The city features an extensive network of walking and cycling paths to promote an active lifestyle and clean mobility, thereby reducing emissions. It also runs a driverless shuttle to facilitate commuting within SSC.
The community includes 11.8km of rubberised jogging tracks, 1.6km of cycling tracks, and 8.4km of pedestrian sikkas. On top of this, smart charging stations can also be found around SSC to encourage EV uptake.
3. Waste Management
Biogas plants will be used to treat organic waste, converting waste problems within the community into a resource. Residues from the biogas plant will then be dried and used as fertilizer for landscaping.
In addition, the Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) around Sharjah Sustainable City will treat wastewater will produce Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) for landscape irrigation, achieving 100% water recycling, and avoiding emissions associated with tankers. Sorting bins in the villas and sorting stations in the Sikka encourage waste separation and will help avoid landfilling and associated pollution.
4. Energy Efficiencies
Villas in the Sharjah Sustainable City have been strategically located to avoid direct sunlight and maximise shading. Most south-facing facades are closed to reduce heat gains. The villas are also equipped with energy-efficient appliances, rooftop solar photovoltaic, home automation, water and energy consumption monitoring devices, as well as smart AC controls.
A rooftop solar PV is also used in all parking areas to offset 100% of electricity consumption in communal areas.
5. ‘Green’ Products
The products used to construct the Sharjah Sustainable City was also strategically thought of. The building envelope structure used Precast Wall Panels, reducing construction waste volume compared to cast-in-site, and lowers the total Embodied Carbon.
Windows, including glazing and sections, are thermally insulated to reduce heat gains and air-conditioning
Moreover, light-coloured pavers were also used in all outdoor areas to reduce thermal discomfort during summer months and improve the microclimate. They also prevent flooding.