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Dubai firm supplies largest carbon-fibre roof for $5bn Apple HQ

The roof of the new iconic $5bn Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California was manufactured by a Dubai-based company, Premier Composite Technologies, located in Dubai Investment Park

The new $5bn Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.
The new $5bn Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The roof of the new iconic $5bn Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California was manufactured by a Dubai-based company, Premier Composite Technologies, located in Dubai Investment Park.

The world’s ‘largest freestanding carbon-fibre roof', the structure was built and tested in Dubai and then transported and assembled at the headquarters in Cupertino, according to Arabian Business.

The new building has also been dubbed the greenest corporate headquarters on the planet” by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives.

Made up of 44 identical radial panels, averaging 70 feet long and 11 feet wide, with each panel connected to a small central hub positioned in the middle, the roof weighs 80 tonnes.

The HQ campus, which covers 175 acres and is nearing completion, is one of the last projects envisioned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died in 2011.

Apple Park in Cupertino is on track to be the largest LEED Platinum certified office building in North America, Jackson added.

Over 80% of the park is open space, powered by 100% renewable energy, 75% of which is generated onsite by a 17-megawatt rooftop solar installation and 4 megawatts of baseload biogas fuel cells, according to Apple’s 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report.

The campus also uses 75% recycled non-potable water to care for its dense forest and to run other onsite facilities where fresh water isn’t required, the report said.

  

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