Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Masdar Building Brings Positive Energy

source: http://sustainabledesignupdate.com/?p=832

Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) to design its headquarters in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste city fully powered by renewable energy. The headquarters will be the world’s first large-scale, mixed-use “positive energy” building, producing more energy than it consumes. In addition to being the location of Masdar Headquarters, the building will accommodate private residences and ‘early bird’ businesses starting up in the city.

AS+GG teamed with Chicago-based MEP engineers Environmental Systems Design and structural engineers Thornton Tomasetti on the design, which includes numerous systems that will generate a surplus of the building’s energy, eliminate carbon emissions and reduce liquid and solid waste. The complex will utilize sustainable materials and feature integrated wind turbines, air quality monitors and one of the world’s largest building-integrated solar energy arrays. Compared with typical mixed-use buildings of the same size, the Headquarters will consume 70 percent less water.

In addition to being the first mixed-use net positive energy building in the world, AS+GG’s Masdar Headquarters will:

  • Be the lowest energy consumer per square meter for a modern class A office building in an extremely hot and humid climate
  • Feature one of the world’s largest building-integrated photovoltaic arrays
  • Employ the largest solar thermal driven cooling and dehumidification system
  • Be the first building in history to generate power for its own assembly, through development of its solar roof pier before the underlying complex

“We’re thrilled to be working on a project of this importance and magnitude. Masdar Headquarters is one of the most significant developments of our time,” said Adrian Smith, partner, AS+GG. “As a positive energy complex, the project will have a far-reaching influence on the buildings of tomorrow.”

“Masdar Headquarters will set a new paradigm for the way buildings are designed, constructed and inhabited,” said Gordon Gill, partner, AS+GG. “The project represents the perfect integration of architecture and engineering, resulting in a dynamic, inviting building that outperforms any other structure of its type in the world.”

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