Qatar: Sustainable villa project emphasizes commitment for green building


The state-backed Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (Gord) yesterday launched its first six star eco villa in Lusail City, which provides a practical model for a sustainable home in the Gulf region.

The villa’s architecture matches Gulf traditions, while at the same time serving as a basis for implementing the best possible international systems and materials in green building, in line with the region’s special characteristics.

Sponsored by Qatari Diar, Gord works to transform the way buildings are designed, built and operated by promoting healthy, energy — and resource-efficient building practices.

Minister of Environment HE Ahmed bin Amer Al Humaidi laid the foundation stone at a ceremony at the headquarters of Qatari Diar.

Also on hand were Dr Yousef Mohammad Alhorr, the founding chairman of Gord, Eng Essa Mohammed Ali Kaldari, the chief executive director of Lusail Real Estate Development Company, which allocated the project plot, and Mohammed bin Mohammed bin Laden, from QD-SBG, which is executing the EcoVilla project, and Abdul Aziz Al Khalifa, CEO of Qatar Development Bank (QDB), along with a number of representatives of government bodies that are providing support.

The eco villa is located in a strategic location in Lusail city, called Alwadi, which will be used as an open area for recreation and outdoor activities for visitors and residents of the city.

The villa has been designed to achieve a score of 6 stars based on the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS), as it offers a genuinely sustainable, smart and healthy living environment for residents.

It will be constructed using sustainable and recycled eco-friendly building materials with low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emission rates, to ensure minimal carbon footprint, while ensuring utmost quality of life.

Eco villa has an area of 600 sq metres and covers the general needs of a Gulf family. It comprises a men’s majlis, a women’s majlis, living room, guest room and kitchen, in addition to bedrooms and annexes.

The eco villa’s sustainable features include an on-site renewable energy generation system, water-efficient plumbing fixtures and irrigation system, energy reduction, indoor lighting design, intelligent building control system, and Photo-voltaic panels. In addition, the villa intends to maximize natural ventilation and natural light against solar gain, as well as conserve water using limiters on all appliances in the building.

The villa features various types of solar power for generating electricity, energy-saving cooling systems and highly-heat resistant materials along with creative solutions for lighting, maintenance and other facets.

The project will be supported by an online presence for on-going open source research. Data collected from the eco villa portal also provides a more direct communication channel between Gord and Qatari public.

“We are happy to see the environmentally-friendly project eco villa because it reinforces the Ministry of Environment’s efforts to implement sustainable best practices in built environment. We hope that by carrying out this project in Qatar, Gord will provide solutions tailored to the Arab Gulf region’s particular environmental and climate conditions,” said Ahmad bin Amer Al Humaidi.

“It was the first organisation in Qatar to promptly implement GSAS criteria on all facilities at Lusail, making it one of the most sustainable cities in Qatar and the Gulf. Our participation in this project is part of our policy of social responsibility, which allows us to spread awareness throughout society about the importance of sustainability and its benefits for both individuals and the general public.” (Eng Essa Mohammed Ali Kaldari)

“We at Gord are determined to support sustainable initiatives in the government and private sectors,” said Yousef Al Horr.

“We hope that this project serves as an opportunity for the construction sector to actively take part, through providing environmentally-friendly solutions and materials. We also hope that people — whether developers or individuals who want to build private homes — learn about and benefit from the project’s range of solutions and ideas, especially since we submit them for study and research by Gord’s experts, who perform quality control and verify eco villa’s suitability for the region’s special conditions.”

Source: The Peninsula

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