An-Najah Professor Publishes a Research Paper in One of the most Prominent International Journals in the World
Dr. Adel Juaidi, Staff Member at the Mechanical Engineering Department of An-Najah's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology has recently published a research paper in the Journal of Cleaner Production- Elsevier titled "Urban design to achieving the sustainable energy of residential neighbourhoods in arid climate."
The research team included Dr. Adel Juaidi, Professor Francesco Manthano, Professor Esther Salmeron from Spain, Dr. Fadi Al-Faris, and Eng. Faris Saeed from Dubai.
The research paper illustrates how world cities contribute to a massive amount of carbon emissions. About 80% of the global greenhouse gasses are emitted from these cities. The sustainable practices should be adopted in a built environment for these cities. As an example, residential neighbourhoods in arid climates has been discussed as a case study in practice in this paper which aims to highlight the sustainable practices in the arid zones and to give an overview about the performance of clean and renewable energy in these areas. The studied development has been selected to evaluate such techniques and strategies in the gulf region (Dubai). Various environmental categories including energy, water, mobility, energy consumption of the buildings and infrastructure, urban green spaces, solid waste management and urban farming, have been evaluated in this study.
The urban design proposed by Dr. Adel Juaidi and colleagues reduces potable water consumption by 40% and for energy demands by 57% compared to conventional households. On average, solar production can cover around 38% of the energy consumption. Many challenges face the sustainability movement in the region, especially, the affordability and feasibility in such harsh climate zone areas.
The Journal of Cleaner Production is an international, transdisciplinary journal focusing on Cleaner Production, Environmental, and Sustainability research and practice. Through its published articles, the journal aims at helping societies become more sustainable.
It serves as a platform for addressing and discussing theoretical and practical cleaner production, encompassing environmental, and sustainability issues in corporations, governments, education institutions, regions, and societies.