National Archive Building at “Msheireb Downtown Doha” Wins Big At Tarsheed Awards 2018
Doha, Qatar, 18 April 2018: Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation and Qatar’s leading sustainable developer, for the second time in a row, has claimed an award at the National Programme for Conservation and Energy (Tarsheed) at a ceremony held at Qatar National Convention Centre.
Launched as part of Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation’s (KAHRAMAA) National Programme for Conservation and Energy, the Tarsheed Awards’ ceremony is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al- Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar and was attended by H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, The Prime Minster and Minster of Interior, to motivate developers to adopt building conservation practices and encourage them to embrace energy conservation strategies that work towards Qatar’s National Vision 2030.
The National Archive located at Msheireb Properties’ flagship project, Msheireb Downtown Doha, claimed the Best Conserving Building Award in the Government category of the Tarsheed competition. This landmark building aims to reduce energy and water waste by utilising the best technology and unique architectural language.
Receiving the award, Mr. Ali Al Kuwari, Acting CEO, Msheireb Properties said: “We are extremely pleased that our flagship project is being recognised and acknowledged for our commitment to sustainable urban regeneration, which shows our endeavours to support the plans of sustainable development as stated in Qatar vision 2030. Msheireb Downtown Doha is emblematic of our mission to build sustainable modern communities that change the way people think about urban living.”
The National Archive was honoured and acknowledged for its energy and water saving features, use of non-potable water, rainwater recovery and on-site renewable energy generation. Sustainability is central to Msheireb Downtown Doha, in terms of both the conservation of natural resources and the quality of its design. The National Archive’s energy efficient building design includes improved building envelopes of walls and windows, recessed windows, energy recovery to the outside air entering the building, optimised ventilation using carbon dioxide (CO2) detectors and a high efficiency district cooling plant. Also, thicker walls, and orientation that enables building to benefit from the shade of adjacent buildings, which cools the local environment and reduces air-conditioning requirements. While adoption of the latest technology enables Msheireb Properties to produce renewable energy, monitor electricity use, and make the most efficient use of water. Translating in reduced emissions, energy and water savings and minimised waste.
Winning the Best Conserving Building Award in the Government category of last year’s Tarsheed competition, the Cultural Forum building is located at Msheireb Downtown Doha. With aims to have the largest concentration of gold and platinum LEED certified buildings – while MDD is set to be the world’s first sustainable regeneration project.