ABU DHABi, -- Prototypes of Masdar City's eco- villas have been toured by the representatives of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council recently. The project embodies the principles of sustainable urban development that it is cost-efficient, environmentally sensitive and culturally appropriate in both its design and function.

The visit, made by the Executive Council's Infrastructure and Environment Committee, came in line with the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability.

The committee representatives were briefed on the careful orientation of the villas, their optimised natural lighting, high-performance envelope as well as low-energy LED lighting and other design techniques that reduce their annual energy demand and ensure less energy consumption.

"The sustainable high-quality homes developed by Masdar reflect the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's keenness to ensure sustainability, best utilisation of resources and provide social welfare gains for all segments of the society," said Falah Mohammad Falah Al Ahbabi, Committee Chairman.

Masdar's projects represents an inspirational model for reducing the consumption of water and electricity,reflecting Aby Dhabi's focus on clean energy, being a major tributary for sustainability, he added.

Masdar city is designed to be the world's first zero-carbon, zero waste city. Relying on renewable energy sources such as solar power, the City seeks to reduce energy usage by75% compared to a conventional urban community of the same size. The eco-villas are central to the Masdar City's goals to meet the lifestyle needs of a growing urban population, while reducing these buildings' consumption of water, energy and waste.

Source: Emirates News Agency