Net-zero housing

East elevation

Extension of the New Capital Competition, Cairo

Working with a team of engineers and architects from Egyptian companies, Al Tamimi & Co and DAR, we developed a net-zero housing complex that combines new low-energy technologies and traditional Arabic architecture. 

This combined the following environmental solutions:

  • water management (fresh, waste and storm)
  • waste management
  • natural and mechanical ventilation
  • renewable energy
  • off-grid energy systems

To solve some of the design challenges, we took insights from cactus for the shading systems and from Namibian fluted termite mounds that allow for air circulation around the building skin and within the structure.

Return on Investment (ROI)

The project simulated that the return would be 10 years (at 2018 pricing levels).


For more information on this project and how we can work with you on low-energy projects, please contact us.

Concept
Perspective
Energy simulation
Natural ventilation (L) and natural lighting (R)

Concept Perspective Energy simulation Natural ventilation (L) and natural lighting (R)
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