The unique development of Dubai has thoroughly encountered critical challenges
such as limited natural resources and high energy consumption per capita
relevant to the existing arid climate. Students at the American University in
Dubai (AUD) acknowledge the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) competition as an
excellent opportunity to share their knowledge, skills, and solutions to
contribute in tackling these challenges. All capacities will be employed to
convince the Middle Eastern society how accessible, affordable,
resource-efficient, convenient, and eco-friendly a building can be in the
An effective multidisciplinary team has been established as a result of frequent professional meetings within the AUD community and with relevant reputable companies. AUD students from different disciplines including Civil, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering, also Architecture, Interior Design and Visual Communications are confidently onboard to study, design, and execute a sustainable house within the constraints set by SDME. All of our local and international professional partners as well as the AUD faculty and administration are willing to support our team intellectually, financially, and physically through the planning, execution, and marketing processes. The faculty and graduate students have enthusiastically joined the team to share their knowledge and supervise senior and junior students. They will integrate innovative green technologies developed at AUD in the project. Our members are excited about the valuable lessons they will learn through daily practice and technical trainings of which they are planning to participate in. Moreover, our marketing team will be in charge of hosting a number of UAE residents, especially young students from neighboring schools, and introducing them to the objectives and details of the project.
Electricity Generation from solar energy is the key to a sustainable and resourceful future for the generations to come. The name of our project, "JEEL" meaning (Generation) in Arabic, has been selected to reflect this message. Taking a critical step toward the development of sustainable cities in the future, JEEL employs affordable, resource-efficient, and both user and eco-friendly technologies in constructing a solar-powered net-zero residential unit. The architectural design of this 75 m2, one story, and one bedroom (plus one deformable room) sustainable house, JEEL, by team AUD will address relevant conventional, modern, and innovative architectural elements to accommodate a group of two to three visiting professionals in such arid climate. The temporary residents of JEEL will be exposed to several creatively embedded cultural and historical values of the UAE. These values will be properly integrated in the Solar Hai's urban design features such as walkways, roads, gutters, and power distribution system to reflect the message that JEEL smoothly functions within a community.
Housing demand for the Dubai Expo 2020 with its multidisciplinary, extensive, and iconic features was identified as a great occasion to promote the concept of sustainable solar powered houses and present it to the right audiences. JEEL is therefore primarily designed and constructed to provide accommodation for the Expo 2020 attendees. Furthermore, JEEL can be relocated and reassembled to continue accommodating educated professionals traveling to the region for future expositions and exhibitions. The great living experience provided by JEEL, together with the ever increasing interest in innovative and eco-friendly technologies are anticipated to raise the visibility and popularity of such net-zero building units. The tackling of climate-related distinctive challenges will improve the credibility of practical sustainable solar houses as a key requirement for their mass-production locally or around the globe in near future.