French firm Saint-Gobain has broken ground on its first eco-friendly multi-comfort house at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban community, Arabian Business reported.
The initiative 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 of multi comfort construction in 2004. It covers the four dimensions of light, air quality, temperature and acoustics within the home, as well as tertiary buildings such as shops, offices and public buildings.
The Masdar City house will be the first in the Middle East and will be fully adapted to the arid conditions of the UAE, a statement said.
Masdar CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi said: “Saint-Gobain’s multi-comfort philosophy reinforces our own concept of sustainable urban development, which is based on the three pillars of economic, social and environmental sustainability.
“It also complements the eco-villa prototype opened at Masdar City last year, conceived as a template for affordable and highly energy- and water-efficient residential villas in the UAE.