The first six buildings of the Masdar Institute campus are the first completed buildings within Masdar City and serve as a model of sustainability. They have less than half the cooling demand of the UAE average, while the residential buildings also use 54% less potable water than average. Thirty percent of its power demand is met by a 1MW rooftop PV array that not only shades the buildings, but also overhangs to provide shading to the streets below.
Knowledge Center at the Masdar InstituteThe buildings and surrounding infrastructure feature world-class building insulation technologies; nearly all domestic hot water is provided by roof-mounted evacuated tube solar thermal collectors; fresh air intakes are located at the shaded street level; and the latest low-energy lighting specification are being used. These and other technologies will be evaluated, with the buildings themselves serving as a test-bed for technologies that will help Masdar City achieve its sustainability goals.
The buildings are wired throughout with energy and water metering systems that monitors consumption and produce data that is readily accessible to students and faculty. Another unique aspect of the city is that walking – even within buildings -- is encouraged as a way to reduce energy use and promote a healthy lifestyle. For example, stairs are always prominently featured, while elevators are hidden.