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Masdar Case Study

Masdar Case Study

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Project:
Masdar City
Client:
Masdar
Location:
Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates
Summary:
Setting new global standards in sustainable development with theworld's first zero carbon,zero waste city
Masdar - the objective
With an estimated completion date of 2015,Masdar will not only be the world's firstoperationally zero carbon city but it will alsobe the first city to be built using zero carbonenergy.Masdar is a 6 million square metresustainable city designed to use low carbontechnologies to achieve a car-free,zero waste,carbon neutral community.It has beendesigned using the principals of 'One PlanetLiving' (OPL),a set of ten guiding principals of sustainability,proposed in a joint initiative byWWF and Bioregional Development,wherebyeveryone lives within their fair share of theEarth's resources.WSP is developing sustainable infrastructurestrategies for several integral aspects of theMasdar development.This includes developingstrategies for waste management,drainage andtreatment of water and sewage and thedistribution of energy and power throughoutthe city.We are also responsible fordeveloping systems for IT andtelecommunications for the city including allthe necessary intelligent infrastructures suchas security systems,fire sprinkler systems,cooling systems and wireless networks.
 WSP has been commissioned by the architects Foster and Partners to develop thesustainable infrastructure strategies for the detailed masterplan of the Masdar initiative inAbu Dhabi,UAE.This initiative is being led by 'Masdar',part of the Abu Dhabi Future EnergyCompany (ADFEC).The Masdar Development will be the world's first zero carbon,zero waste city setting new global standards in sustainable development.
 WSP is developing strategies for many aspects of the design to support the zero carbon,zero wasteambition of the project.
PROJECT CASE STUDY
“a car-free,zero waste,carbon neutralcommunity” 
 
Lay-out & sustainable operation
Masdar is designed in two squares,one large square,and a smaller square.Its design of shaded walkwaysand narrow streets will create a pedestrian friendly environment in the context of Abu Dhabi's extremeclimate.With expansion carefully planned,the surrounding land will contain energy farms,research fields,plantations and dense green spaces so that the city will be entirely self-sustaining,following the principalsof OPL.The first building phase of Masdar is expected to be completed in 2009.During this phase,all majorinfrastructures will be built including the ADFEC Headquarters,Masdar's own University and a largephotovoltaic power plant,which will be the main source of energy to power the city.During the secondphase of the project,the larger square of the city is to be completed and during the third phase,thesmaller square of the city.The whole city of Masdar is expected to be completed by 2015.To generate the zero carbon energy to build thecity,a temporary photovoltaic power plant will beinstalled on-site before any building commences.Zero carbon heavy machinery will be used duringthe construction process.As the city nearscompletion,the photovoltaic panels will betransferred to permanent structures within thecity.WSP has developed an innovative strategy that will generate energy from the city's waste.The waste-to-energy strategy involves the implementation of on-site recycling facilities for municipal solid waste and theconversion of organic waste material into gas which then runs an engine which generates electricity.Thissupports the OPL principal of zero waste by cutting the amount of waste going into landfill to a minimumand generating electricity from the diverted waste.WSP has also developed a water strategy that reducesthe demand for water.This involves water desalination to provide potable water for use in homes,thetreatment of waste water and then the reuse of this water for toilet flushing and irrigation.Masdar has several main power sources to meet the energy that the city will demand.There will be a largephotovoltaic power plant,a solar thermal plant using parabolic troughs which work on the principal of concentrating solar power into steam,and the waste-to-energy plant.There will also be both wind andphotovoltaic energy farms located in the land surrounding the city.The city will house clean technologycompanies as well as a research and development institution established in cooperation with theMassachusetts Institute of Technology.
 A Masterplan of  Masdar city 
“WSP is developing strategies for wastemanagement,drainage and treatment of water and sewage and the distribution of energy and power throughout the city” 
 An artist’simpression of theshaded walkwaysof Masdar city 

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