Sustainable 'sand dune' emerges from UAE desert
Bee'ah headquarters will use Tesla's Powerpack battery tech to store energy derived from solar panels. Photo courtesy of MIR/Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid's sand dune-shaped Bee'ah headquarters is well underway, with significant sections already finished, and some further details have been revealed regarding its sustainability.
It's expected to be completed in late 2018, New Atlas reports.
Located in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Bee'ah headquarters' dune-like design is both inspired by, and intended to blend in with, the local desert landscape. It will serve a Middle East environmental waste management company and is slated for LEED platinum certification.
Recycled building materials are being used, and the goal is for no building waste to reach the landfill. The building is being oriented to make use of the prevailing breeze for natural cooling and once complete, and it will use energy and water-saving fixtures (LED lighting, low-flow taps and toilets, etc).
Bee'ah headquarters will get all of its electricity from the sun. Solar panels will be hooked-up to Tesla's Powerpack battery system, providing a total capacity of 1,890 kWh. In addition, gray water will be re-used and the landscaping will feature native vegetation that requires little irrigation.
"With its ultra-low carbon footprint, minimal water and energy usage and the efficient recycling of construction materials, this project will set a benchmark for all future green construction projects in the Gulf region," said HE Salim Al Owais, chairman of Bee'ah. "It is also a model for a green building system that can be replicated across the UAE, as the nation seeks to transition into a green economy."
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