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Work begins on Masdar and IRENA HQ

Contract awarded for energy-efficient Masdar City complexes

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Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of Masdar and Adnan Amin, IRENA, break ground on the new site.
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber of Masdar and Adnan Amin, IRENA, break ground on the new site.

Masdar has announced that is has awarded the design and construction contract for its new headquarters complex, which is also set to accommodate the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The firm has said that the buildings will be amongst the most advanced, sustainable complexes in the UAE, and will be a crucial part of the Masdar City development.

Completion of the complex is planned for the summer of 2014.

The new buildings will be fitted with 1,000 square metres of rooftop solar PV panels, and will recude water consumption by more than half that of a typical building in Abu Dhabi.

“The award of this contract marks a major milestone in the development of Masdar City. The buildings integrate cutting-edge technologies in energy efficiency, green building and water conservation. We remain committed to the growth of Masdar City as a technology cluster, enabling companies to set up Middle East operations to support the advancement of regional renewable energy targets and the development of clean technologies,” said Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Masdar CEO and managing director.

“Higher education and research are at the core of Masdar City, enabling companies to partner with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology to accelerate the development of technologies. Organisations, such as Boeing, Siemens, Global Green Growth Institute and IRENA are already working with us and capitalising on the opportunities offered by the technology hub,” he added.

The building’s construction is set to source materials from Abu Dhabi’s sustainability supply chain, with green materials such as sustainably sourced timber and low-carbon cement.

Brookfield Multiplex is set to design and construct the project.
 

 

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