Masdar City's next bright idea sees eco-villas power themselves
What’s On discovers more about the sustainable eco-friendly villas in Abu Dhabi district Masdar City. They’ll generate 40,000 KWh per year.
Masdar City have launched a new concept for a sustainable, solar-powered villas in Abu Dhabi. The eco-villas are expected to generate enough solar power energy to power the homes year-round.
The single family, four-bedroom concept villa includes high-performance solar panels that will generate approximately 40,000 KWh per year, while the house’s annual energy demand is estimated to be 39,000KWh a year.
If built as designed, the eco-villa is estimated to divert 63 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Other energy efficient features include low-energy LED lighting, orientation of the home, high-performance envelope and optimised natural lighting.
In addition, the homes are expected to use 35 per cent less water than traditional villas due to low-flow toilets, faucets and showers.
The new project is aimed at accommodating future population growth by using sustainable means. “With nearly eight million people expected to live in the UAE’s urban centres by 2020, this rising population increases the imperative to design high-quality sustainable homes that use fewer natural resources than existing homes,” said Dr Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company.
“Masdar City has pushed the boundaries of sustainable design since its launch, and now we are taking our knowledge to the next level with this vision of the 21st century single-family home. The eco-villas are central to the city’s goals to meet the lifestyle needs of a growing urban population, while reducing these buildings’ consumption of water, energy and waste.”