Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

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New Construction

  • Building Type : Office building < 28m
  • Construction Year : 2016
  • Delivery year : 2016
  • Address 1 - street : 21183 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
  • Climate zone : [BWh] Subtropical dry arid

  • Net Floor Area : 411 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 1 000 000 €
  • Number of Work station : 1 Work station
  • Cost/m2 : 2433.09 €/m2

Certifications :

  • Primary energy need
    143 kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : Other )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building
​Baptized "UAE's first sustainable autonomous house", this new office building in Dubai, was realized in 2016 as a pioneering “pilot project” for MBRSC, a governmental research body. It is the first one to obtain the certification by the Passive House Institute in extreme climatic conditions in the Arabic Area. Apart of extreme insulating performances and high energy efficient MEP systems, a 40 kWp photovoltaic field and a 25 kWh electric storage system are able to feed all the building's needs. Intensive monitoring is running to investigate real behaviour.
The design choice to use a prefab European timber platform frame technology made it possible to realize it in less than 100 days.3 different cooling systems have been installed for research purposes: supply air cooling or dehumidifying, recirculated air cooling and floor cooling (avoided in UAE, as current technology is unable to deal with condensation phenomena), with the possibility to couple them to get the best results in terms of efficiency and comfort

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    Casetta & Partners

    The architectural design, the thermal envelope design and the airtightness design, the bioclimatic analysis, the MEP design and the PHPP calculation systems, as well as the "project management" and the site and work supervision has been carried out by the

    Thermal consultancy agency

    University of Bergamo

    The department of "Turbomachinery and Energy Systems" of the University of Bergamo with the lead of prof. Ing. Antonio Perdichizzi and ing. Giuseppe Franchini led transient analysis in dynamic state, on which basis the MEP systems in the building were siz

Energy consumption

  • 143,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • 300,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • Other

    Calculations according to PHPP:
    143 kWh/m²a - the primary energy is for all energy services in the entire building (cooling, domestic hot water, household electricity and auxiliary electricity)
    Cooling and dehumidition demand: 50 kWh/(m²a)
    Cooling load: 9,7 W/m²

Envelope performance

  • 0,10 W.m-2.K-1
  • Exterior wall
    Plasterboard (12,5 mm),
    mineral fibre insulation (75 mm),
    mineral fibre thermal and acoustical insulation (75 mm),
    plasterboard (12,5 mm),
    timber frame construction with mineral fiber insulation (200 mm),
    plasterboard (12,5 mm),
    EPS-insulation (180 mm),
    exterior rendering
    U-value = 0.076 W/(m2K)

    Basement floor / floor slab
    Flooring, screed (60 mm), XPS-insulation (20 mm), perlite added screed (155 mm), XPS-insulation (225 mm)
    U-value = 0.108 W/(m2K)

    Roof Flat roof
    Sealing sheet (thermoplastic elastomere), XPS-insulation (200 mm), OSB (15 mm), mineral fibre insulation between rafters (280 mm), plasterboard (25 mm)
    U-value = 0.076 W/(m2K)

  • 0,58
  • EN 13829 - n50 » (en 1/h-1)

  • 0,48

More information

Monitoring results to come soon


    • No heating system
    • Heat pump
    • Reversible heat pump
    • Fan coil
    • Floor cooling
    • Double flow heat exchanger
    • Solar photovoltaic
  • 100,00 %
  • 185 kWh/m²a renewable energy is generated (in relation to the projected building footprint)

    Limit unwanted external heat gains through appropriate insulation thickness, glazing, shading, airtightness, ventilation with heat recovery. Use of geothermal energy especially for cooling, photovoltaic system with battery storage technology and highly ef

Smart Building

    Smart management and control system which interacts with the changes of the external heat and humidity.

Urban environment

    This pilot project has been built on a spare plot owned by the customer MBRSC, a governmental research body. Around the building, during the construction phase, greenery has been setup to enhance the "value" of the building itself.

    The position itself suffers from weak urban connections (no metropolitan, buses, ecc...), primary because it is already in the "suburbs" of the city. As far as facilities are concerned, the building is close to "Mushrif Park", which is a 1300 acre family-oriented park in Dubai. It is located in the eastern part of the city (near the suburb of Khawaneej), about 16 km (10 mi) from the traditional center of Dubai. The park was created in early 1980 by Dubai Municipality and was hugely expanded and refurbished in 1989.

    Moreover, the building is close to the "Al Khawaneej" Walking and Cycling Track. Mainly, it is located in a zone with farm houses.

  • 1 500,00 m2
  • 19,00 %
  • 800,00


    Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)

    Passive House Institute

    [email protected]

    Management / Others

    The Passive House planning package is an energy balancing tool made up of a series of excel spreadsheets. It is based on International Norms and can be used for all buildings worldwide.

    The Passive House Institute is developing the PHPP according to systematic evaluation and comparison with monitoring data and validated building simulation programs such as DYNBIL. Moreover, all the practical experience from building projects is continuously being integrated in the package.

    The reliability of the calculation results and ease of use of this planning tool has already been experienced by several thousand users.

    To plan this project, the software PHPP and TRNSYS have been used.

GHG emissions

  • 30,00 KgCO2/m2/year
  • CO2 factors GEMIS 4.6 in PHPP, includes cooling, domestic hot water, household electricity and auxiliary electricity

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

​- self-sufficient and completely independent of the electricity grid
- temperatures between 22 and 25°C all year round
- energy consumption reduced by 75%, thanks to Passive House strategies, smart technical and engineering solutions
- smart management and control system, which interacts with the changes of the external heat and humidity
- prefabricated timber frame system (eco-friendly processed wood)
- building completed in less than 100 days
- on going monitoring and studies (how to transform high humidity to a water source cost effectively, link to Dubai's electricity grid)

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