Five things you need to know about Siemens headquarters at Masdar City
German engineering giant Siemens Group has its Middle East headquarters at Masdar City, the UAE’s visionary project for promoting sustainable and renewable energy. The office building, inaugurated in January 2014, is spread across 12,000 square meters and houses nearly 800 employees. Here are five things that you may not know about the highly energy efficient building:
1. The building is the first LEED Platinum-certified office building in Abu Dhabi. Platinum is the highest rating for design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighbourhoods by US Green Building Council’s popular Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design programme.
2. Building has won 16 awards to date including German Design Council’s Iconic Award in the corporate architecture category in 2013 and the coveted MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards 2012 in the offices category.
3. The building was designed by acclaimed UK architects Shepherd Robson “as a box within a box”: an inner highly-insulated façade that reduces thermal conductivity, and a lightweight aluminium external shading system which minimizes solar gain while maximizing sunlight and views from the building. The external shading system provides 100 per cent shading to 95 per cent of the glazed surfaces.
4. The technologies used in the building help reduce energy demand by 65 per cent and water demand by 50 per cent. As a result, the building saves nearly 50 per cent of energy consumption, compared to conventional buildings of the same size
5. Siemens has installed its own technologies in the Masdar City headquarters such as Building Technologies, which includes an Advanced Building Management System to enable increased energy efficiency and savings, and security systems such as CCTV and access control as well as fire alarm, gas suppression, and lighting control and management systems.