Reaping the benefits


Combining passive and intelligent design, the buildings that make up Masdar City use 50 percent less energy and potable water than similarly sized buildings in the region.

Designers also strive to achieve cost parity with each building. The recently inaugurated Siemens headquarters, for example, cost the same as a standard office building of its size while boasting a laundry list of sustainable design features.

“When we look at the success of Siemens headquarters, it shows that we kind of cracked the formula or broke the hypothesis that being sustainable means that you need to be more expensive,” Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, director of sustainability at Masdar, told TriplePundit.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in Philadelphia, Mary Mazzoni is the senior editor of TriplePundit. She is also a freelance journalist with a passion for storytelling and sustainability. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, Earth911, the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands and the Daily Meal.

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