Estidama villa prototype on show at WFES

A life-size prototype villa compliant with the Estidama sustainability initiative will be on show for the first time at the upcoming World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi.

The Sorouh-designed building, which is compliant with Estidama’s Pearl Rating system, will be exhibited for the duration of the event between 15-17 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

By developing the prototype, Estidama said it aims to show how the reduction of energy and water consumption in villas, communities and buildings is possible through the use of smart technologies and energy efficient methods.

“Energy efficiency is a crucial element of Abu Dhabi’s Vision 2030 as the emirate aims to double the rate of improvement of energy efficiency by that time,” said Mohamed Al Khadar, UPC executive director for development review and Estidama.

“WFES is a perfect platform on which to showcase the Estidama villa prototype and allow developers, engineers, planners, architects and villa/house owners to learn about how energy efficiency can be incorporated into their own designs, buildings and homes,” he added.

The Estidama-compliant house exhibition area has been built using higher performance materials, incorporates better shading, has more efficient air-conditioning and lighting systems and has solar hot water systems.

According to WFES organisers, the energy consumption of the Estidama villa is 35% less than conventional homes.

The Estidama villa is also said to showcase more efficient water fixtures and fittings and uses better irrigation systems to reduce water consumption by at least 25% compared to conventional homes.

It also said to reduce construction waste going to landfill by 50% and is prepared for waste segregation and recycling by the residence’s occupants.

The Estimada Pearl Rating system is currently being integrated in to a new community of 600 villas called the Al Ain Gharbia Residential Community.