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Masdar Headquarters – Masdar City, U.A.E

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Building: Masdar Headquarters
Location: Masdar City, United Arab Emirates (outside Abu Dhabi)
Status: Under construction
Architects: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
MEP engineers: Environmental Systems Design
Structural engineers: Thornton Tomasetti

AE Interest: Energy-positive building (creates more energy than it consumes), 11 heat chimneys, natural ventilation, natural day-lighting, world’s largest solar panel array (1.4million sf), integrated wind turbines. Roof is built first to power construction of the building. $300million estimated cost.

photo/info credit: WAN, ArchiEnvironmental

Written by Gregory Brooks

May 18, 2010 at 8:06 am

Posted in Under Construction

International Renewable Energy Agency HQ – Abu Dubai, UAE

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IRENA HQ front  Irena HQ Plan  IRENA HQ Interior
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Building: International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) HQ
Location: Abu Dubai, UAE
Architects: Woods Bagot 
Structural Engineers: Burohappold Engineering
Fire Engineers: Design Confidence
Construction: Brookfield Multiplex
Size: 300,000 – 500,000 sf
Completed: June 2015

AE Interest: Awarded a 4 Pearl Estidama Construction Rating Certificate, 1000 sm rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) power system, solar thermal water heaters, permanent solar shading, oriented along the direction of typical wind flow [a], 95% of energy harnessed from lowering elevators reused throughout the building [b].

Articles: a, b

Videos: [1, 2]

Written by Beth Canales

November 16, 2017 at 11:17 am

Posted in Built