An eco-home that cools itself and generates its own power has been unveiled in Dubai.
The two-storey, four-bedroom house, which stands in the headquarters of the Mohammad Bin Rashed Space Centre, has outside walls 61cm thick, insulated with a combination of polystyrene, gypsum and fibreglass mesh.
The house’s in-built software system regulates lighting, power, temperature and humidity. All the lights are motion-activated LEDs, while blinds covering the home’s triple-glazed windows open and close automatically.
The home was built with help from the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany and maintains a constant interior temperature of 22.9 degrees Celsius.
Instead of air conditioning, the house uses a mechanical system that filters out dust and particles and cools through refrigerated water pipes.
“Our main goal and objective when we decided to embark on this project was to create a building that is totally independent of the electricity grid,” said Ali Shaheen, the centre’s sustainable energy programme director.
“Now we have a building with zero carbon emissions.”
On the roof, 160 solar panels cover 350m2. During the morning on the day of the house’s launch, the solar panels had generated 21 kilowatts.
The centre is currently working on a way of exporting any extra power produced by the house back into the city’s electricity grid.