Masdar City Raising The Bar For Sustainable Urban Development

The dome or the Library building. Masdar Indtitute of Science and Technology. 30th August 2010. Duncan Chard for the New York Times.Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi, has set its sights on being the most sustainable city on the planet, and it is well on the way to meeting that goal. Development started in 2008 and is expected to continue for at least the next five years, with 40,000 people expected to live within its boundaries, and another 50,000 commuting to work there as reported by

“Masdar City is a template for sustainable urban development, and its evolution is taking place in partnership with a growing community of developers, investors and private sector companies,” said Anthony Mallows, Executive Director of Masdar City. “This community is actively contributing to and benefitting from the sustainable building practices and advanced technologies deployed in the realisation of the City, whether it’s the application of renewable energy, energy- and water-saving processes, or the use of low-carbon cement and recycled metals.”

“At the same time, Masdar City is raising the bar for sustainable urban development through the various R&D initiatives and demonstration projects active on site, such as the Eco-Villa Prototype now under construction.”

All developments within Masdar City must meet a minimum ‘3 Pearl’ rating under the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s green building standards framework, Estidama, meaning they will be designed to be up to 40% more water and energy efficient than comparable existing buildings, while also using more environmentally friendly materials in their construction. This compares to a LEED Gold rating under the US Green Building Council’s rating system.

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) campus is the city’s nucleus. After an expansion in 2013, the campus now has 323 residential units and accommodates several hundred students, more than 100 faculty and researchers, as well as four research centers, with an additional center dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. The MI campus covers 33,000 square meters (just over 7.5 acres) and provides a new benchmark as a model of sustainable living and academic development.

Other key Commercial Projects in Masdar City include The Knowledge Centre, Incubator Building, Siemens Middle East Headquarters, IRENA Headquarters. To read more click here.

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