London, United Kingdom
Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
Auckland, New Zealand
New York, New York
Highly sustainable residential development sets the benchmark for efficient and commercially viable accommodation in the region.
Etihad Eco-Residence comprises 500 one- and two-bedroom apartments across 11 low rise buildings. Built to accommodate over 900 Etihad Airways staff, the development includes a landscaped courtyard, pool, gym, and retail space. The project’s focus was to create a highly sustainable building which exemplifies the overall development of Masdar City. The development has achieved LEED Platinum certification and was rated 3 Pearls under the Estidama Pearl Building Ratings System.
The development was built on an existing three-storey car park concrete frame structure on a 9m x 9m grid. Utilizing the same structural grid, a rigorous design approach limited the number of unit types and facilitated the use of pioneering modular construction which improved build quality and construction timeframes.
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Each of the buildings were constructed using low-environment-impact materials, which reduce heat gain and the heat island effect within the complex itself, while maximizing available natural daylight. Transport-related carbon emissions during the construction of the project were reduced by using a modular design, prefabricated systems and sourcing from local suppliers, with at least 20 per cent of the materials either sourced or manufactured within 500 miles.
The Etihad Eco Residence serves as a prime example of how early project involvement by key stakeholders as well as collaboration between the end-user, developer, design team and contractor creates greater synergies and produces a highly desirable end-product.