In January 2015 the Higher College of Technology (HCT), Oman won 1st place in the Oman Eco House Design competition.
The competition, driven by The Oman Research Council, was between 5 Omani Universities whose staff and students were tasked with building a family villa that considered current and future environmental needs.
Each villa was approximately 350 m2 and had to meet stringent rules (Full details can be found by visiting www.ecohouse.trc.gov.om ) and judged in the following categories, of which HCT finished first in 6!
- Conceptual Design & Design Development
- Comfort Zone
- Energy Balance.
Knowing that the buildings envelope was key to ensuring that environmental technologies applied would perform well, HCT chose NUDURA for their entries structural envelope.
Using NUDURA they knew that they were able to attain proven U values of 0.24, build a safe and strong structure, build fast and easily design in, traditional building systems, if needed and build in a simpler manner.
All of the villas built, were monitored throughout the duration of the competition, with live data covering energy consumption and production and many other critical elements being fed into a central database for analysis and final scoring.
That data is still feeding through until now and as of June 1st 2015 the Villa produced an excess of 6,910 kWh which it has sent back to the Omani electrical grid.
Equi Nox is proud to have provided the technical consultancy and supervision of the NUDURA installation. Together with Carillion Alawi, the superstructure was completed, from foundation level, with intermediate floors and roofing within 32 days. Equally as important the young engineers of HCT were able to quickly pick up the building process and help us to build this award winning structure.