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Inspired by the shifting sand dunes and billowing sails of the UAE, ADIA’s waterfront headquarters creates a dramatic profile on the city skyline

A connected Delmatic DALI system controls lighting, blinds and HVAC throughout the 120,000 sq.m headquarters complex optimising efficiency and comfort.

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority HQ

The first building in the Gulf to focus on energy-efficiency and sustainability


locationAbu Dhabi
size120,000 sq.m
consultantBuro Happold
contractorKharafi National


Design & Development
BMS Integration
Fire Alarm Integration
AV Integration
Load Shedding Integration
Integrated Blind Control
HVAC Integration
Scene Setting
Project Management
Lifetime Support

Energy consuming services are mapped and related precisely to occupancy

The headquarters building was the first in the Gulf region to focus on energy-efficiency and sustainability. Delmatic worked with ADIA and the project team to develop an integrated, connected solution that maps energy-consuming services and links these precisely to occupation.

The connected system controls lighting, blinds and HVAC throughout the complex and optimises energy efficiency by relating lighting and air-conditioning to occupation of individual areas making it one of the most integrated and efficient buildings in the region.

Open protocol integration

The system provides DALI dimming and monitoring throughout the 44 story office tower as well as the adjacent parking and amenities buildings.

DALI multisensors monitor occupancy and daylight and adjust lighting and dimming levels as well as air-conditioning speed and temperature band based upon occupation and solar gain. Presence, absence and daylight control of lighting minimises energy consumption as well as reducing the cooling load while energy savings are further enhanced by relating VAV operation & temperature to occupation: ASHRAE studies show that widening the temperature control band in an office by just two degrees achieves almost 10% energy savings.

Total convenience and comfort through desktop touch control

Occupants have total control of services in their space: desktop touchpads in perimeter offices allow individuals to adjust lighting, window blinds and temperature, while occupants in inner open-plan areas can switch and dim lighting from their IP telephones.

The entire network is managed and monitored through graphical software which displays the real time status of lighting, blinds and AC as well as enabling the services to be reconfigured to suit changing use of the building space.

Long-standing association

Delmatic’s association with ADIA goes back more than thirty years, and good experience with a Delmatic system installed in the early 1980s in ADIA’s original headquarter building resulted in Delmatic being selected for the new headquarter complex.