Qatar Green Home to Revolutionise Green Building Sector

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Doha, Qatar is set to welcome a conservative project that may nonetheless alter the country’s green building sector: Qatar’s first ever green home.

The Qatar Green Building Council, Barwa Real Estate and Kahramaa have combined in order to develop and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to implement a case study of a highly green development known as the Baytna (Our House).

The basis of the case study will be to understand and research both the environmental and economic benefits of such passively designed structures, with the house specified to cut energy consumption costs by 50 per cent.

“Sustaining economic growth is not possible without having an environmental vision that creates the balance needed between economic development and protection of the environment to attain Qatar Vision 2030,” says Barwa deputy group CEO Ahmed al-Abdulla. “Barwa is dedicating a considerable amount of effort and resources to prove through experiment the possibility of reducing the consumption of electricity, energy and water as well as footprint carbon emission by 50 per cent.”

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The case study will include the development of a Passivhaus and a conventional home, each containing three bedrooms. They will be tested at the same time over a period of a year and half. They will be uninhabited for six months and will each house small families with at least one child under four years for a year. Both households will be monitored with their performance examined and compared in order to create the basis of a green building system and guideline for the entire region.

Scientific partners already dedicated to the project include AECOM, Siemens, Texas A&M University of Qatar, Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) and EPS Qatar.

While the concept is simple, the outcomes will set a new benchmark for green design and delivery in Qatar, making the country an informed, educated and green industry leader.

By Tim Moore
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