Posted by Rahmi Lale | Filed under Environmental
– a glimpse of the future in the desert
by John Vidal guardian.co.uk
A dusty construction site on the edge of an Arabian desert is an unlikely place for a model of green living. But this is Masdar City, an $18bn (£11bn) Norman Foster-designed project where just a few hundred people are guinea pigs in the world’s most advanced laboratory for hi-tech environmental technology.
Fred Moavenzadeh, head of the institute, and a Harvard professor, says: “The shock of having to conserve energy is part of the Masdar human experiment. We are living and experiencing what we are trying to … educate people about … We’re using roughly half the energy of a normal building of this size. We are producing no carbon because it’s all renewable. Our water consumption is less and our waste generation is relatively low.”