Masdar City’s Eco Residences awarded the Green Building Project of 2020

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The planned city project of Abu Dhabi, Masdar City’s Eco Residences, has been recognized as the Green Building Project of the Year in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

This is the second time the Eco Residence project of Masdar is being recognized by the Green Building Awards. In 2018, the development had received the Green Residential Building award after completing its first phase.

The award was announced at the ninth edition of the Green Building Awards in Dubai, which was conducted in partnership with the regional Emirates Green Building Council, an independent forum focused on conserving the environment by encouraging green building practices.

The event also marked the conclusion of its 9th Annual Congress held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment with the theme “Building a Sustainable Future in Uncertain Times.”

The Eco Residences 2 is a development within Masdar City, which comprises 365 residential units and 513 corporate residential units. It is also complemented with 5,646 square meters of retail space, a pool deck and a public plaza.

The second phase was designed by Masdar City project partners, CBT Architects, as the lead architect and EHAF Engineers as consultant, Sixco as the main contractor and AECOM as the architects and engineers of record with a common vision to create a sustainable, compact and walkable mixed-use neighborhood.

By employing an integrated and holistic design process the Eco Residences 2 project has been recognized by several sustainability indicators including a dual three Estidama Pearl Building Rating System, which was introduced for new buildings by the Department of Municipalities and Transport of Abu Dhabi and LEED Platinum Campus certification by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a building rating system.

Abdulla Balalaa
Abdulla Balalaa
Acting Executive Director – Sustainable Real Estate
Masdar City

“The focus has been to develop highly sustainable buildings which exemplify Masdar City and embody the ‘four pillars of sustainability’: social, environmental, economic and cultural. Masdar would like to congratulate all of our partners on the success of the project, a deserving winner of the ‘MENA Green Building Project of the Year 2020’ title.”

“The design and construction of the Eco Residence 2 project demonstrates environmental design and construction excellence, driven by a desire to conserve energy and water, minimize GHG emissions and with a vision to promote biodiversity, minimize the use of high-embodied-energy materials and create an attractive, livable and inspiring environment,” Kishore Varanasi, Principal, CBT Architects, said,

The Green Building Project of the Year award 2020 represents the 51st recognition awarded to Masdar City since its inception and the second award received so far in 2020.