A programme has been launched to benchmark the energy and water consumption of around 165 private-sector schools in the UAE. 

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has invited private schools to participate in its Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) Benchmarking Project, which is aimed at establishing the first industry energy and water benchmark for schools in the UAE.

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The BEA Project will assess the energy and water performance of existing buildings against similar buildings within the same typology. 

Schools are one of three building typologies to have been selected for EmiratesGBC's project, given their operational and social significance.

The benchmark is expected to result in potential energy and water savings in the UAE's schools, as well as cut operational costs.   

Commenting on the project, Saeed Al Abbar, chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: "Benchmarking is an important step for schools to evaluate their energy and water usage. It enables the sector to make decisions backed by solid data on how to improve their consumption rates and track their progress.

"Energy and water management are inherently embedded into the core of green schools, and today, a very limited number of schools fulfil the requirements to be sustainable.

"Educational institutions are a priority sector and therefore, we encourage all schools in Dubai to participate in the BEA Project."

To participate, schools can email the BEA team on bea@emiratesgbc.org. The deadline for submissions is 15 June, 2018.