Thermal Energy Storage: DAA Leads the Way

The school building uses TermoDeck technology for its structure, cutting energy consumption by 30-50% and AC capacity by up to 50%.

GEMS Dubai American Academy (DAA) recently became the first school in the region to win the Innovation Award for adopting an energy-saving and industry-leading build technology, TermoDeck, establishing it as the first thermal energy storage school of its kind. The win follows an agreement with Eco- Structures International, which focuses on providing the best building envelopes and indoor air quality systems.

The project was also recognised as the UAE’s Education Project of the Year and as the GCC winner at the recently concluded MEED Project Award under the ‘Best Innovation Category’. 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 square metres, includes classrooms, cafeterias, offices, lecture halls, theatres and a gymnasium. The TermoDeck design concept uses the building’s structural mass to regulate internal temperatures for a wide spectrum of building types.