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IRENA @ MASDAR abu dhabi uae

International Renewable Energy Agency

work by Jeffrey Till while Design Director at Woods Bagot

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At the heart of Abu Dhabi’s growing Masdar City development, this office 32,000 SM building, completed in 2015, was developed by MASDAR (Mubadala) and is the headquarters for IRENA.

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Adjacent to Masdar’s main plaza, as well as future rail transit, the ground level is designed to allow pedestrians to flow through during the day, providing a pathway into the city. The design builds on the sustainable infrastructure of Masdar, to create a 21st century workplace that provides the highest level of sustainability performance.

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.

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Key facts:

Reduction in energy demand by 42% compared to global energy-efficiency standards

Design and installation of 1,000m2 of rooftop photovoltaic solar panels supplying electricity to the building.

Potable water use reduction by over 50% through the utilisation of high performance flow and flush fixtures.

Diversion of over 93% of construction waste from landfill reducing the long-term environmental impacts associated with construction waste collection, transport and disposal.

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Shortlisted for World Architecture Festival – Office (completed buildings) category (2015); Cityscape Emerging Markets – Commercial (built) + Sustainability categories (2015) – Highly Commended Emirates Green Building Council – Green Building of the Year (Commercial) (2015); Big Project ME – Green Project of the Year (2014); Construction Week – Sustainable Project of the Year (2014) (shortlist)

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The building’s exterior is parametrically optimized to reduce solar gain on each facade, utilizing a variable insulated metal external screen over a simply glazed, efficient facade. Discreet entries for the two major occupants connect to a common central atrium space, which provides an internal gathering place, as well as functionality as a light well and air plenum. This Achieved the first ever awarded Four Pearl Estidama PBRS rating for both design and construction.

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75% of the energy released in the exhaust air is recovered by the air conditioning system.

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