Dubai Opera - Facade Energy Performance Modelling


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IES Consulting performed a facade energy modelling study to assess glass and external shading performance on the planned Dubai Opera.

Key Facts

  • Seating capacity: 2,500
  • 300,000 sq metres floor area
  • Facade Energy Performance analysis

The Dubai Opera is a multifunctional building with several operational modes to include for opera, theatre and banquet usage, each having different design criteria, space usage and thermal conditions.

IES performed energy modelling to assess the foyer space which forms the glass facade of the building. The foyer wraps around the front and sides of the building and therefore experiences a varying cooling demand due to the changing solar gains distribution through the day. The assessment focused on selecting an optimum glass and shading perfromance through a series of collaborative energy and solar shading simulations. This provided the client with a numerical understanding on the foyer performance but also a strong visual communication where the solar exposure can be easily demonstrated from the building's curved form and its external shades.

The proposed HVAC set-up included for a district cooling system as part of an Energy Transfer Station (ETS). The building was intended to be conditioned via a combination of all-air and air-water FCU systems with central air handling units utilised to provide cooling and ventilation. Auditorium air handling units would be provided with dual coil function for the opera mode to ensure continuous treated air supply during performance.

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