Monday, March 03, 2008

Masdar City HQ to be the world's first positive energy building

The multi-billion dollar investment in Abu Dhabi, Masdar, involved in the development of innovative technologies in alternative, renewable and sustainable energies, and green design, has chosen Chicago architecture firm, Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture for designing its headquarters in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is the first zero-carbon and zero-waste real estate development, fully powered by renewable energy.

The headquarters will be the first large-scale, mixed-use 'positive energy' building in the world, producing more energy than it consumes. Apart from this, the Masdar City Headquarters in Abu Dhabi will have few other positives and benefits such as the following:

The City will be the lowest in energy consumption per square meter for a modern A class office building in an extremely hot and humid climate. It will feature the largest building-integrated photovoltaic arrays in the world. The building will employ the largest solar thermal driven cooling and de-humidification system, and will be the first building in history to generate power for its own assembly, though development of its solar roof pier before the underlying complex.
The CEO of Masdar, Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, said "In line with Abu Dhabi 2030 Development plan, Masdar emphasizes on sustainability over height. We hope and expect that this will begin a new direction for worldwide competition in sustainable design."

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