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Can a facility generate more energy than it needs?

Energy efficiency does not magically appear. We believe it must be planned, with the result ideally setting an example of future sustainable development. When great minds converge, a facility can even move beyond carbon neutrality to generate more energy than is needed to operate the building.

At a recent I2SL Conference, Mehdi Jalayerian and Tyler Jensen presented a 1,000,000 sf mixed-use facility design for the planned Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates. Known as Masdar Headquarters, the 5-story building’s design incorporates 11 sculpted glass environmental towers to harness wind and daylight and to provide natural ventilation and cooling in the hot climate. Planned for three percent more energy generation than is needed to run the facility, this innovative design illustrates a structured planning approach to achieve a Net Positive Energy Building.