French firm Saint-Gobain has broken ground on its first eco-friendly multi-comfort house at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community.
The initiative is a low-energy consuming and positive-energy house - designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of high-performance materials and construction methods.
Saint-Gobain will build the 400 sq m project on a 2,200 sq m plot next to the Masdar City Eco-Villa. On completion, it will serve as both an “experience centre” and an office for Saint-Gobain employees and will be fully adapted to the UAE climate.
The German architecture and engineering consultancy Obermeyer will design and supervise construction of the project, expected to open by the end of 2019.
Saint-Gobain first developed the concept of multi comfort construction in 2004. It covers the four dimensions of light, air quality, temperature and acoustics within the home, as well as tertiary buildings such as shops, offices and public buildings.
The Masdar City house will be the first in the Middle East and will be fully adapted to the arid conditions of the UAE, a statement said.
The collaboration between Masdar and Saint Gobain follows a busy year of construction activity at Masdar City, which saw agreements for around 400,000 square metres of new real estate either signed or approved, including the recent launch of Masdar City’s eco-villa prototype.
According to the multi-comfort philosophy, homes that are more comfortable make for happier and more productive people, and are more sustainable as a result.
“The UAE is a reference in construction development,”’ said Pierre-André de Chalendar, chairman and CEO of Saint-Gobain. “It is building excellence, represented through Masdar City, is a role model for all, and Saint-Gobain is proud to be part of it.”
He added: “Feeling good in a building is about having the perfect amount of light, the proper level of sound, the ideal temperature and a constant supply of fresh air. It is about design and technology, beauty and safety, efficiency and sustainability. This is precisely what Saint-Gobain can provide and demonstrate through this state-of-the-art multi comfort house to be constructed at Masdar City.”
Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said: “Saint-Gobain’s multi-comfort philosophy reinforces our own concept of sustainable urban development, which is based on the three pillars of economic, social and environmental sustainability.
“It also complements the eco-villa prototype opened at Masdar City last year, conceived as a template for affordable and highly energy- and water-efficient residential villas in the UAE.
"We look forward to further collaboration with Saint-Gobain in commercial sustainable real estate as we continue on our journey to realize the world’s most sustainable urban community here at Masdar City.”
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