First Eco-villa in the UAE heralds new green era

The villa was built using environmentally sustainable materials

The first ever eco-villa was is now owned by Saed Bin Houfan
The first ever eco-villa was is now owned by Saed Bin Houfan

The first ever eco-villa to be built in the UAE was awarded to an Emirati this week, marking a new era of green building in the region.

The property, built by German-Emarati Company BENA, was made out of the environmentally sustainable product Precast Aerated Concrete (PAC), which has a carbon footprint of only 138kg CO2e/m3 compared with conventional concrete at 417.5kg CO2e/m3 – a 67% reduction.

Complying with the Abu Dhabi 2030 Urban Structure Framework Plan, BENA has already attracted interest from the Abu Dhabi Government on its environmentally sustainable building system in a bid to minimise power supplies in the emirate.

Bena’s managing director Abdul Rahman Rashed told Trade Arabia: “In bringing this technology to the UAE, we hope to contribute significantly to the reduction of the Emirates’ carbon footprint, while at the same time providing land owners a great Eco-Villa concept that is not only environmentally-friendly, but is also affordable and aesthetically pleasing.”

With the second worst carbon emission record in the region, the UAE is looking towards a more eco-friendly future.

As an insulating, low energy product which enables builders and developers to create a responsible building system, PAC is one of a few building materials used extensively in making environmentally sustainable buildings.

The villa, which was won by land owner Saed Bin Houfan this week as part of Bena's promotional scheme during CityBuild Abu Dhabi 2010, is the first of a potential 1500 villas per year to be built by Bena in the Middle East region.

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