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IRENA: Building of the year

The recently completed International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) headquarters, located in Masdar City, where Masdar is building the world’s most sustainable city, has been named the Green Commercial Building of the Year by the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC).

The EGBC recognised IRENA building architect and lead consultant Woods Bagot and design and build contractor Brookfield Multiplex at an awards ceremony dinner at the Murooj Rotana Hotel in Dubai. The award recognises a building in the Middle East-North Africa region whose construction and completion has surpassed the highest sustainability standards and includes innovation in design and processes.


Owned and developed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, the IRENA building is the first in the UAE to receive the four-pearl rating for design and construction from Estidama, the Abu Dhabi-certification system which measures and evaluates the energy, water and carbon efficiency of buildings.

Anthony Mallows, director of Masdar City, said, “Our commitment to establishing Masdar City as a leading hub for innovation and sustainability is generating great recognition with the new IRENA headquarters named as the ‘Green Building of the Year.’ “Achieving a four-pearl Estidama rating for the IRENA building, within a competitive, market-driven budget, demonstrates that innovative design and construction, combined with a thorough understanding of sustainable building requirements, can produce outstanding results.”

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