Masdar City supports UAE’s climate neutrality objectives by developing new Masdar City complex

Lay the foundation stone for the sustainable urban project that extends over an area of ​​29 thousand square meters

The first “zero energy” office building in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Masdar City, the global technology and innovation destination and the leading sustainability community in Abu Dhabi, has announced its new project, the Masdar City Complex, which will be built in collaboration with consulting firms Woods Bagot and Faithfull +. Gold. The city’s development is part of its contribution to the UAE’s strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held in Masdar City today, in the presence of representatives of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company “Masdar”, Masdar City and the partners involved in the development of the complex, and the list of participants Ahmed included. Baghoum, acting CEO of Masdar City, and Abdulaziz Al Shafar, CEO of Masdar City. ASGC.

The Masdar City complex covers an area of ​​29,000 square meters and a total floor area of ​​50,000 square meters, which contributes to strengthening Masdar City’s commitment to achieving climate neutrality, the application of sustainability standards, technology, health and wellness, and expanding the development of a community that embraces many companies that harmonize with the nature of the city.work with these criteria. The development of the complex will start this year and the project is scheduled for completion in 2024.

The complex will include seven single or multi-tenant office buildings and a parking area. All buildings will be built according to innovative designs, six of which will be built based on the highest standards of green building construction, while the main complex building will be the be first “zero energy” office building in Abu Dhabi. , which means it does not consume more energy than it produces by integrating designs and systems that focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. The headquarters building will be distinguished by the installation of an innovative solar photovoltaic canopy. This project represents an important step in the implementation of the UAE’s strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, launched last year, according to which the UAE became the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region which committed itself to achieving net carbon. emissions.

Ahmed Baghoum, Acting CEO of Masdar City, commented on the laying of the foundation stone for the new complex: “The city has one of the largest green building clusters in the world with LEED and sustainability ratings. The project reflects the Masdar City complex and its seven new green buildings, including: It is the first ‘zero energy’ office building in Abu Dhabi, emphasizing the importance of developing real estate projects based on sustainable foundations that are economically viable and at the same time environmentally friendly. Masdar City is proud to ‘ be a destination for the implementation and testing of sustainable urban development projects, and we look forward to the new complex’s contribution to consolidating the role of Masdar City and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a whole in the field of sustainability.

Six of the complex’s buildings will receive a 4-pearl rating according to the Estidama system, a platinum rating from LEED, and a gold rating from WILL. The LEED Platinum rating is the highest rating awarded by LEED, the world’s most recognized building performance appraisal program and encouraging a market shift towards sustainable designs. The WILL Gold rating is the second highest grade awarded by WILL, the world’s first building rating program focused exclusively on human health and wellness. The pearl grading system within the Estidama program evaluates buildings on a scale of 1 to 5 pearls, based on the number of sustainability points achieved by the project.

The complex’s innovative buildings will contribute to the consolidation of Masdar City’s leadership at the regional level in terms of the development of green and carbon neutral buildings. In 2017, Masdar City announced the completion of the Sustainable Villa project, the first “zero energy” villa in the UAE. The 405-square-foot villa was the first building in the country to receive a “4 Pearl” rating, as the villa provides 72% less energy consumption and 35% less water compared to conventional villas of similar size in Abu Dhabi, thus contributing to the reduction Free of an estimated 63 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

The new complex will be located next to the existing Masdar City complex, which is centered around the Mohamed bin Zayed Artificial Intelligence Building and Siemens headquarters in the Middle East. The new complex will include the existing building of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and there will be gardens, a nursery for children, an amphitheater, covered pedestrian areas, a health center, and much more.

Faithfull + Gold, part of the SNC-Lavalin group, has been awarded a project management consulting contract, while global engineering consulting firm Woods Bagot will undertake project design and construction oversight consulting functions. Woods Bagot is reported to have previously designed the IRENA building in Masdar City.

Inaugurated in 2010, Masdar City is one of the world’s most sustainable cities and the specialized and accredited research and development park in Abu Dhabi. The city meets most of its energy needs through a 10 MW solar power plant and 1 MW rooftop solar power systems. All buildings within Masdar City meet the requirements of a minimum “3 Pearl” rating according to the “Estidama” system, which means that they are designed to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 40% compared to existing standards .

Masdar City is home to more than 1,000 companies focused on developing innovative technologies in the sectors of renewable energy, energy storage, artificial intelligence, health, space and mobility. These companies and institutions include the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Emirates Space Agency, Siemens, the Advanced Technology Research Council and its two affiliates, the Institute for Technology Innovation and Aspire, Tabreed, Honeywell, and the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence Campus. . Masdar City is also home to the (G42) group, a pioneer in healthcare technology

The Ministry of Health, which has opened one of the largest laboratories specializing in tests to deal with the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

Masdar City provides an essential system that supports education, research and development activities, innovation and technology, and represents a strategic platform that enables companies to test new technologies and build important partnerships at local and global levels, in addition to its pioneering efforts to to build more sustainable urban complexes.

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