Construction Begins on Masdar and International Renewable Energy Agency Headquarters Complex

Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Masdar CEO, and Adnan Amin, director-general of IRENA, lead groundbreaking ceremony of new headquarters.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Masdar today announced the awarding of the design and construction contract for its new headquarters complex, which will also house the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The headquarters will be one of the most advanced, sustainable multi-use complexes in the United Arab Emirates. It will be the cornerstone of Masdar City – the special economic zone, clean-technology cluster and low-carbon city in Abu Dhabi. Completion is set for summer of 2014.

“The building is a shining example of how we can meet our energy needs today while preserving the earth’s resources for tomorrow.”

The Masdar and IRENA headquarters aims for a four-pearl certification under the Estidama Pearl Building Rating System, one of the strictest energy efficiency and sustainability standards in the world. It will be fitted with 1,000 square-metres of rooftop photovoltaic solar panels – supplying renewable electricity to its tenants – and reduce water usage by more than 50 per cent compared to a typical Abu Dhabi building.

The headquarters will be a three building, 32,000 square-metre complex. The buildings will share a community courtyard, connecting offices to spaces to shop, dine, walk, and experience the modern, sustainable lifestyle exemplified by Masdar City.

“The award of this contract marks a major milestone in the development of Masdar City,” said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the CEO and managing director of Masdar. “The buildings integrate cutting-edge technologies in energy efficiency, green building and water conservation. We remain committed to the growth of Masdar City as a technology cluster, enabling companies to set up Middle East operations to support the achievement of regional renewable energy targets and the development of clean technologies.

“Higher education and research are at the core of Masdar City, enabling companies to partner with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology to accelerate the development of technologies. Organizations, such as Boeing, Siemens, Global Green Growth Institute and IRENA are already working with us and capitalising on the opportunities offered by the technology hub,” added Dr. Al Jaber.

IRENA, currently situated in Khalidiya in Abu Dhabi, advised on the design of its custom headquarters to meet its organizational requirements.

“It’s only fitting that the headquarters of IRENA—dedicated to the sustainable use of renewable energy—be located in one of the most sustainable buildings in the world,” said Adnan Amin, director-general of IRENA. “The building is a shining example of how we can meet our energy needs today while preserving the earth’s resources for tomorrow.”