Mosques and mosques in the Kingdom consume 20.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity

While 85,000 mosques and mosques in the Kingdom consume 20.6 billion kilowatts of electricity per hour, intelligent mosque solutions will provide 40% of total consumption, according to a statistic obtained by Makkah.

Statistics showed that the consumption of electricity by mosques and mosques costs the state large sums, on the other hand, energy saving projects are important and are in line with a significant part of the goals of Vision 2030 to rationalize electricity and to take advantage of alternatives. energy, including the sun, in the service of God’s houses and its various objects. It fits in well, as waste brings a higher consumption value and all these factors require finding suitable alternatives to rationalize energy, by switching to architectural designs that mimic the Islamic architectural tradition and are in line with the modern environment.

One of the alternative solutions is the implementation of the idea of ​​an intelligent mosque, a building that combines many technologies to provide a level of comfort and atmosphere for believers, including temperature, lights and other technologies that contribute to raising the level of preservation. of energy resources, as it is considered an automated and feasible glass that uses digital technologies to provide enhanced experiences for believers, in addition, it is equipped with artificial intelligence and Internet of Things sensors that will interact with worshipers and will improve the interior and exterior safety while saving energy. There are many examples in this context, including mosques and mosques that have passed the stage of rationalization in all its aspects, in addition to raising the level of engineering design to the visual and spatial level. of mosque architecture. in addition On the reflection of the model in social life.

Adaptation of technology

The head of the Saudi-Chinese Business Council Entrepreneurship Committee, a researcher in sustainable entrepreneurship, Dr. Fahad Al-Arjani, explained to “Makkah” that mosques in all parts of the world have a religious, social and cultural role. can not be ignored, but there are shortcomings in the development of the role of technically effective operational aspect in the glass.Technology has a role in increasing the sustainability and facilitating the development of the surrounding community, especially with modern changes.The presence of technology in the glass with full awareness for its effective environmental role by reducing energy consumption and efficiency, balancing the use of natural resources, reducing water waste and recycling it for use in green buildings and utilizing spaces Optimally, will maximize the role of socially sustainable spread of mosques. . He added: “Operationally, there are aspects that need to be reconsidered, for example, the use of posters that cause visual distortion inside mosques, especially with increasing environmental and technical awareness, and alternatives are smart screens that can play a dynamic and flexible role. for disseminating information and awareness and using digital code to quote content on smartphones instead of posters will save a lot of resources and effort for managing the mosque.In terms of health and safety, the link between technology and healthcare is “Increasing day by day. Providing an internet network for mosque buildings has become a necessity. It can be very useful in terms of security and the ability to remotely monitor and manage mosque buildings.”

The architecture of the mosque

For his part, Professor of Architectural Criticism at the College of Architecture and Planning at Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal University in Dammam, Dr. Mashari Al-Naim, confirmed that there is no such thing as a “model glass” and this term initially contradicts the concept of architecture that requires creativity and renovation, agrees that the model means the example to be imitated and this example is often described as integrated, the mosque at its core can not follow general stereotypes, but is a product associated with a comprehensive system that contains urban, natural, social and technical aspects. This system varies from country to country. He added, “Unfortunately, the emergence of the term ‘model glass’ is a trend that expresses extreme poverty in creativity, because it is directed towards the easier and more readily available, not to understand the local data that will affect in the mosque behind. its construction and ready-made molds.

simplicity of design

Regarding the design, the architect Muhamed Shafi ‘, ​​stated that the simulation of the project should aim at re-embodying the mosque as a house of worship characterized by simplicity and detachment from the manifestations of luxury, while preserving the natural and available aesthetics in the country. materials to weave a unique fabric in the region that is out of the ordinary Block surfaces to adapt to the harshness of the environment in the region and design in its mass, symbolic image and aesthetic expressions with high sensitivity due to the religious position of the mosque and the difficulty to challenge the accumulations of the style with which society is acquainted, those architectural collections of domed elements and lanterns that formed our current religious reality worthy of our belonging to them, but at the same time. , the difficulty of generating models that can create the opportunities and dimensions we desperately need in the light of existing and renewed challenges.

Reduction of energy consumption using modern technologies (systems and procedures)

Reduction of energy cost of electrical equipment to 5%

Reduce engine power cost to 15%

Reduction of energy cost of lighting equipment to 20%

Reduce the energy cost of air conditioners to 60%

The basic elements that distinguish intelligent mosques

  • Internet-connected thermal cameras should be used in a way that supports the aspect of health control.
  • Its connection to a tracking center to remotely manage mosque facilities.
  • Central control of energy supply through mosque officials or the mosque’s follow-up center for the region.
  • Intelligent air conditioner that can operate on solar energy.
  • Finding specifications and standards for water taps to prevent strong water leaks and to stop debris.
  • Transfer audio and lessons from prayer to the women section.
  • Save them on social media to make them available to everyone inside and outside the neighborhood.
  • Use digital code to quote content on smartphones instead of stickers.
  • Providing an internet network for mosque facilities.
  • Automated prayer and ikama reminders.

Models that embody mosques as places of worship with sustainable solutions:

  • Architectural solutions that achieve insulation with thick and hollow walls, which allow air movement and prevent heat permeability.
  • Recycling ablution water (gray water) in a glass cleaning plant.
  • Construction in a simple way that does not depend on spatial, visual and morphological complexity.
  • Dividing a side to being a school for Quran teaching and religious teachings.

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