By Staff writer
Home is designed to use around 72% less energy and 35% less water than typical four-bed villa
Masdar City’s eco-villa, a pilot project incorporating water and energy-saving technologies, has been completed and a UAE national family will soon live in the prototype home, it has been announced.
The 405 square-metre sustainable villa is the first to achieve a 4 Pearl rating according to the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Estidama Pearl Building Rating System.
It will use around 72 percent less energy and 35 percent less water than a typical comparably sized villa in Abu Dhabi, displacing an estimated 63 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
The cost of construction is similar to that of a conventional home of the same size - its energy and water efficiency will also reduce running costs substantially. The four-bedroom property is expected to consume just 97 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per square metre, a statement said.
Equipped with 87 rooftop solar panels, the prototype is capable of supplying as much as 40,000 kWh of electricity to the national grid.
“People expect a sustainable design option to be more expensive, but our Eco-Villa concept challenges this misconception,” said Yousef Baselaib, executive director of Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar.
“The Eco-Villa stays true to Masdar City’s principles of sustainable urban development in that it is cost-efficient, environmentally sensitive and culturally appropriate in both its design and function. Because of its energy and water-efficient design, residents of the Eco-Villa will receive significantly reduced power and water bills.”
Once a family moves into the property, Masdar said its sustainability team will monitor the villa’s energy, water and waste management performance.
The data collected will enable the design of the Eco-Villa to be further refined, supporting the eventual commercialisation of the building concept.
The eco-villa is located in Masdar City, where around 2,000 apartments are either under construction or in design through Masdar or third-party investors. This will bring the residential population at Masdar City to more than 3,500 people over the next three years.For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.