French firm plans to bring eco-friendly house concept to the UAE
French building materials company Saint Gobain has announced plans to build an energy-efficient “multi-comfort house” in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.
The company said in a statement that the project is set for completion in 2019, and will be the first of its kind for the company in the Middle East.
The agreement was finalised with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Mohammad Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and Hady Nassif, general delegate of Saint Gobain in the Middle East.
The statement said the multi-comfort house is a low-energy consuming and positive-energy house – designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of high-performance materials and construction methods.
Saint Gobain first developed the concept in 2004 and has so far built 18 multi-comfort houses around the world.
The Masdar City house will be the first in the Middle East and will be fully adapted to the arid conditions of the UAE, the statement said.
The collaboration between Masdar and Saint Gobain follows a busy year of construction activity at Masdar City, which saw agreements for around 400,000 square metres of new real estate either signed or approved, including the recent launch of Masdar City’s eco-villa prototype.
Nassif said: “We share Masdar’s commitment to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come, and our multi comfort house is the proof of that commitment.”