Dubai’s MBRSC showcases sustainable house

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre launched the Sustainable Autonomous House project as part of its research efforts in sustainability and green buildings


The Sustainable Energy Programme team at the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) participated at the International Passive House Conference in Vienna, and presented the MBRSC Sustainable Autonomous House. The house is certified by the Passive House Institute in Germany as the first of its kind for hot and humid climates.

The house uses energy production and storing technology that is similar to what is used when building satellites and space shuttles.

Commenting on MBRSC’s participation in the conference, Engineer Abdulla Ahli, manager of the sustainable energy programme section at MBRSC said, “The goal of MBRSC’s participation in the International Passive House Conference in Vienna is to shed light on the advantages of its Sustainable Autonomous House in one of the most important conferences in the world”.

The presentation provided information on the engineering practices and technology deployed, including insulation techniques, a cooling system based on chilled water, mechanical air filtration, as well as a smart management and control system. The team said that the aim of the project is to decrease energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, and meet people’s physiological and psychological needs who live in hot and humid temperature.

“By participating in this conference we aim to increase our scientific and technical knowledge in the field of passive houses, and learn more about advanced scientific discoveries in order to build a sustainable knowledge-based economy and ensure a prosperous future for our next generations,” he added.

The team also took part in various workshops discussing passive houses, and participated in lectures presenting the latest and most prominent technologies in that field.

“This Sustainable Autonomous House reflects the UAE’s comprehensive forward-looking vision, which aims to preserve and protect the environment, as well as using smart technology to make people’s lives easier and happier,” Ahli concluded.

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