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French firm plans to bring eco-friendly house concept to the UAE

French firm plans to bring eco-friendly house concept to the UAE

French building materials company Saint-Gobain has announced plans to build an energy-efficient “multi-comfort house” in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

The company said in a statement that the project is set for completion in 2019, and will be the first of its kind for the company in the Middle East.

The agreement was finalized with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Mohammad Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and Hady Nassif, general delegate of Saint-Gobain in the Middle East.

The statement said the multi-comfort house is a low-energy consuming and positive-energy house – designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of high-performance materials and construction methods.

Saint-Gobain first developed the concept in 2004 and has so far built 18 multi-comfort houses around the world.

The Masdar City house will be the first in the Middle East and will be fully adapted to the arid conditions of the UAE, the statement said.

The collaboration between Masdar and Saint-Gobain follows a busy year of construction activity at Masdar City, which saw agreements for around 400,000 square meters of new real estate either signed or approved, including the recent launch of Masdar City’s eco-villa prototype.

Nassif said: “We share Masdar’s commitment to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come, and our multi-comfort house is the proof of that commitment.”

How to design for modern work

On Wednesday 23 March in conjunction with Disegno (the design, architecture and fashion magazine), Bisley UK were delighted to host a panel discussion about the challenges of designing for work, and offices, for today and into the future.

Modern work

Joining them in their showroom on Great Portland Street in London for this lively conversation was their chair for the evening Oli Shatford, deputy editor at Disegno; Felix de Pass, designer; Andy Swan, workplace strategist from BDG and Luke Pearson; industrial designer from Pearson Lloyd as well their audience of architects and designers, facility managers and office furniture dealers.

Many topics were examined; the impact technology has on design, what role research plays in product and environment design, how the ability to work at home is impacting offices, the issues of sustainability and well-being, and how, regardless of facilities provided, people still yearn for personal space and a sense of belonging in their place of work.

You can watch the whole discussion now. We’d love to hear your thoughts – do you agree with the points their experts make or do you view modern work in a different way? Let us know below.

Designo having one on one talk with Luke Pearson, industrial designer from Pearson Lloyd, about the challenges of designing for work, and offices, for today and into the future.