News: New passivhaus experiment to demonstrate low-energy living for Qatar’s communities

An external view of the Passivhaus to be built in Qatar as a blueprint for green home building.

Doha, 18 November: Today Kahramaa, Qatar Green Building Council and Barwa Real Estate announced an experiment that intends to revolutionise Qatar’s green building industry.

The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the Qatar case study passivhaus project called Baytna, which will create a building standard for Qatar that is truly energy efficient, comfortable, economical and environmentally friendly.

The passivhaus concept originates in Germany and has been widely adopted in northern and western Europe. Passivhaus in English means ‘passive house’ and it will boast an ultra-low energy system that requires little energy for space cooling, reducing its environmental footprint. The project will be achieved with a number of additional partners.

The two 225 square metre villas being developed will undergo testing and commissioning period of six months and eventually be occupied by a family, with at least one child, where further monitoring will take place for a year, as a real life demonstration of environmental principles in practice. The two families are expected to move in the villas by mid 2013, and eventually the project will be handed over to Kahramaa.

Here are some more renderings of the project.

An external view of the Passivhaus

Modern interior of the Passivhaus

Aerial view of the Passivhaus shows solar panels on the rooftop that will power the home



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