French multinational Saint-Gobain has broken ground on its first multi-comfort house in the Middle East at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.
The foundation stone laying ceremony was carried out in the presence of HE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment and Ludovic Pouille, French Ambassador to the UAE, Pierre-André de Chalendar, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Saint-Gobain, and Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company).
The multi-comfort house at Masdar City is one of the 30 similar projects around the world, although it is the first in the Middle East region.
On completion at the end of next year, it will demonstrate Saint-Gobain’s patented technology aimed at improving health and well-being by optimising the human experience within the built environment.
Saint-Gobain will further increase its UAE presence through the multi-comfort house, as well as raise awareness of its innovative solutions addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.
de Chalendar said: “The UAE is a reference in construction development. It is building excellence, represented through Masdar City, is a role model for all, and Saint-Gobain is proud to be part of it.”
He added: “Feeling good in a building is about having the perfect amount of light, the proper level of sound, the ideal temperature and a constant supply of fresh air. It is about design and technology, beauty and safety, efficiency and sustainability. This is precisely what Saint-Gobain can provide and demonstrate through this state-of-the-art Multi Comfort House to be constructed at Masdar City.”
Al Ramahi added: “It is a privilege to receive the chairman and CEO of one of France’s most prestigious companies at Masdar City, and to partner with Saint-Gobain in realizing its first multi-comfort house in the Middle East. Our towns and cities consume around two-thirds of the world’s energy and account for more than 70 per cent of global carbon emissions. At the same time, the way our homes and offices are designed impacts our health, well-being and quality of life significantly.
“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. We look forward to further collaboration with Saint-Gobain in commercial sustainable real estate as we continue on our journey to realize the world’s most sustainable urban community here at Masdar City.”
Saint-Gobain will build the 400m2 multi-comfort house on a 2,200m2 site next to the Masdar City Eco-Villa. On completion, it will serve as both a multi-comfort “experience centre” and an office for Saint-Gobain employees, while also providing training in the company’s products and solutions. It will be fully adapted to the UAE climate.
The German architecture and engineering consultancy Obermeyer will design and supervise the construction of the project, which is expected to open by the end of 2019.