Masdar City unveils its first Eco-Villa
At Cityscape Abu Dhabi, which was held in the UAE capital last month, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s urban innovation ecosystem, launched a new concept for sustainable villas that generate enough solar energy to power the homes year-round. The eco-villas are designed to accommodate future population growth and meet a growing demand for sustainable family homes.
“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.
The four-bedroom villa concept includes an array of high-performance solar panels that will generate approximately 40,000 KWh per year. Careful orientation of the home, optimised natural lighting, a high-performance envelope as well as low-energy LED lighting and other design techniques will reduce the home’s annual energy demand to an estimated 39,000 KWh each year, slightly less energy than the panels are expected to generate.
The eco-villa design would divert an estimated 63 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere while reducing demand on the national electrical grid. The homes are expected to use 35 percent less water than standard villas, thanks to low-flow toilets, faucets and showers, and other innovative water conservation measures.