The international EcoCommercial Building Programme, in which Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems has joined Bayer MaterialScience to play an active role, has entered into an agreement with Masdar of Abu Dhabi. The aim is to stimulate the development of energy efficient buildings with low life cycle costs in a subtropical climate. The extensive knowledge and experience of Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems with respect to flooring insulation values will be combined with Masdar’s specific knowledge in the field of low-CO2 sources of energy.
Masdar, fully owned by the Mubadala Development Company, is dedicated to developing sustainable energy solutions. The agreement focuses on the development, in close collaboration with Bolidt and other partners in the EcoCommercial Building Programme, of a revolutionary building concept, for which a prototype will be realized in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.
The Masdar City prototype will be a model for energy efficient and economic construction, incorporating state-of-the art designs and techniques for a subtropical climate. The building will serve as headquarters for the EcoCommercial Building Programme in the Middle East and as a permanent exhibition and training platform for a wide range of parties involved in eco-commercial construction.
Masdar City is known as a development centre for clean technology. Its entire energy supply is based on renewable energy sources, such as solar, hydro and wind. Masdar City is increasingly seen as the global centre for innovation, research, product development and renewable energy generation. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will also set up its headquarters in this city in Abu Dhabi.
At Bayer MaterialScience’s request, Bolidt already joined their EcoCommercial Building Programme in the autumn of 2009 as a partner to contribute to its practical implementation. Leading parties within the worldwide construction industry are working together in this programme to develop sustainable materials, systems and technologies that can be used to design cost-efficient buildings with minimal impact on the environment.
“Buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the world’s energy consumption and cause 20% of global CO2 emissions”, explains engineer R.W. Bol, Managing Director of Bolidt. “The strategic cooperation within the EcoCommercial Building Programme will lead to new, innovative solutions that will help Masdar City achieve its ambitious sustainability objectives. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, is pleased about the cooperation as well, saying: “The collaboration with partners like Bayer marks a significant step forward in our joint ambition to develop construction solutions that stimulate both economic efficiency and environmental sustainability.”