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Saint-Gobain chooses Masdar City to build first “Multi-Comfort House” in the Middle East

19 Feb 2017
  • French manufacturer to complete construction of “positive-energy” home by 2019
  • Project will deliver the four dimensions of comfort set by Saint-Gobain: Thermal, acoustic, light and air quality

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 19, 2017 – Saint Gobain, a world leader in the habitat and construction markets, will bring its innovative and sustainable solutions to the United Arab Emirates with the construction of an energy-efficient “Multi–Comfort House” in Masdar City. Set for completion in 2019, the project will be the first of its kind for the company in the Middle East.

The agreement was finalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Masdar City between Mohammad Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and Hady Nassif, General Delegate of Saint-Gobain in the Middle East.

The Saint-Gobain Multi-Comfort House is a low-energy consuming and positive-energy house; this means it is designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of high-performance materials and construction methods.

It achieves comfortable living across four dimensions: light, air quality, acoustics and thermal conditions.

Masdar’s Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate, Yousef Baselaib, said: “Masdar City is a hub for innovation and sustainability, and a natural home for Saint-Gobain to showcase its state-of-the-art capabilities in sustainable living.”

Saint-Gobain’s Hady Nassif added: “For 350 years, Saint-Gobain has consistently demonstrated its ability to invent products that improve quality of life. 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.”

Saint-Gobain first developed the concept of Multi-Comfort construction in 2004. It covers all aspects of comfortable home living, and of occupying tertiary buildings such as offices, shops and public buildings. In total, 18 Multi-Comfort houses have been built around the world to showcase Saint-Gobain’s strengths in innovation and materials science.

The Multi-Comfort house in Masdar City will be the first in the Middle East and will be fully adapted to the arid conditions of the UAE.

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 metres of new real estate either signed or approved, including the recent launch of Masdar City’s Eco-Villa prototype, a pilot project incorporating water and energy-saving technologies.

Currently, more than 900,000 square metres of Gross Floor Area (GFA) in Masdar City are either complete, under construction or have a firm development agreement in place. This will include private homes, schools, hotels and more office space.

Masdar City is also targeting a 4 Pearl Estidama rating for the design and construction of its community infrastructure; specifically, the roads, utilities and public spaces that make up the development. Masdar City is the first project in Abu Dhabi to aim for a 4 Pearl community rating.


About Masdar

Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company which works to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the United Arab Emirates’ long-term vision for the future of energy and water.

About Masdar City

One of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is enabling innovation in sustainability and clean technologies by integrating education, research & development, investment and business opportunity. It is an innovation ecosystem: a thriving community, a business and investment free zone, and a hub for knowledge creation and R&D realising pilot projects in the commercialisation of clean technologies. The nucleus of Masdar City is the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology (MI), the region’s first graduate-level university researching real-world technologies and solutions at the energy and water nexus. Through initiatives such as Masdar City, Masdar is helping to realise a template – or ‘green-print’ – for sustainable urban development in the UAE and potentially other countries.

About Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.

Present in more than 67 countries with more than 170 000 employees, Saint-Gobain was ranked in 2016 as one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world and one of the 100 most innovative companies.


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