IRENA Headquarters

New Commercial Office Shaped by Ecologically Sustainable Design.

IRENA’s (International Renewable Energy Agency) new headquarters in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, exemplifies the overall development of Masdar City and embodies the Estidama ‘four pillars of sustainability’ (social, environmental, economic and cultural). 

The Grade A office building has been designed by Woods Bagot and developed by the Masdar Organisation, the company responsible for delivering Masdar City as a low-carbon, sustainable city. IRENA Headquarters also includes speculative commercial space which, combined with the space occupied by IRENA staff, offers a total floor area of 32,000m². The highly sustainable Four Pearl Estidama-rated commercial building features:

  • Achieved the first ever awarded Four Pearl Estidama PBRS rating for both design and construction
  • Reduction in energy demand by 42% compared to global energy-efficiency standards
  • Design and installation of 1,000m2 of rooftop photovoltaic solar panels supplying electricity to the building
  • Potable water use reduction by over 50% through the utilisation of high performance flow and flush fixtures
  • Diversion of over 93% of construction waste from landfill reducing the long-term environmental impacts associated with construction waste collection, transport and disposal





Masdar City, Abu Dhabi


32,000 sq m



Completion Date



Shortlisted for World Architecture Festival – Office (completed buildings) category (2015)

Cityscape Emerging Markets – Commercial (built) + Sustainability categories (2015)

Highly Commended Emirates Green Building Council – Green Building of the Year (Commercial) (2015)

Big Project ME – Green Project of the Year (2014)

Construction Week – Sustainable Project of the Year (2014) – Highly Commended

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