Al Falah Ready Mix, a leading concrete manufacturer in the Middle East, has taken up this challenge. The company is currently building a laboratory on the Masdar City site and equipping it in a way that sets clear standards in terms of climate protection. Thanks to close cooperation with Bayer MaterialScience’s regional EcoCommercial Building program team, the laboratory will incorporate solutions employing sustainable materials for low energy consumption and thus cost-effective operation of the building.
Under its global EcoCommercial Building program, Bayer MaterialScience has joined forces with a network of specialist companies to offer customized material solutions and services for building energy-optimized commercial and public buildings. These range from low-energy passive buildings and structures to zero-emission properties.
Climate protection considerations aside, it is important to keep energy consumption down in the Middle East because the demand for electrical energy is rising sharply in this region and new power plants are still at the planning stage. The German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce predicts an annual increase of 11% in the demand for electricity in Abu Dhabi alone over the coming decade.
“Bayer MaterialScience’s program is based on integrated planning that takes into account both the energy requirements of the relevant building and the local climate,” says Pejman Norastehfar, head of the EcoCommercialBuilding program in the Middle East.
The energy-optimized solutions in the Al Falah Ready Mix laboratory include attractive dividing walls and partitions based on Bayer MaterialScience’s polycarbonate Makrolon. This material is manufactured by Bayer Sheet Europe GmbH, a partner in the EcoCommercial Building program network. “The innovative Makrolon multi UV IQ Relax multiwall sheets look great and satisfy all the functional requirements in terms of saving energy and reducing heat levels,” explains Guenther Winnerl, head of marketing at Bayer Sheet Europe.
High-performance insulating materials from Puren GmbH, another program partner based in the German town of Überlingen, help to optimize the building’s thermal insulation. They are made of rigid polyurethane foam, the material offering the best thermal insulation of any material on the market, and thus promote reducing energy consumption and operation costs.
Urinals made of Makrolon that are operated without flushing represent a sustainable development of a completely different kind. Urine is collected in a siphon and disposed of in an odor-free process. Every such urinal installed saves around 100,000 liters of water a year – an obvious benefit in countries where drinking water is a precious commodity.
In January this year, Bayer MaterialScience entered into a strategic sustainable construction partnership with Masdar, a subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company. Under this partnership, the Leverkusen-based company is to construct an EcoCommercial Building prototype in Masdar City that will serve as a model for energy-efficient and cost-effective construction.
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