Al Wahat al-bahareya, Egypt

Royal Herbs Farm Complex-Engineers' Housing

The Bahareya Village is one-of-a-kind project providing employees and visitors with an eco-friendly living space. It is the first TARSHEED Certified green building from the Egypt Green Building Council (Egypt GBC) in the areas of energy, water, and habitat which is imperative for the sustainable lifestyle that the Royal Herbs Company (the owner) is striving for. The Bahareya Village comprises three sustainable buildings, an Engineers housing building, a Guest house and a Workers housing building. The Engineers housing building is capable of housing up to 10 engineers. The engineers’ residence saves up to 61% on energy and 50% on water.

Description

Smarter design used in the Engineers housing building at The Bahareya Village reduces the need for electrical-powered cooling, making people more comfortable and allowing them to continue their jobs even in the heat. Heat-absorbing materials and other cooling techniques are used in the building design like heat-reflecting roofs in order to keep buildings cooler and orienting the structures to best shed heat. PV solar panels are also installed on the residential facility of ‘The Bahareya Village’. Integrating outdoor and indoor elements has helped cool the air coming into interiors by almost 5 degrees. The construction also incorporated locally sourced materials. The Engineers housing has spaces promoting social interaction, including a cafeteria, a mosque, outdoor seating areas, and multi-purpose rooms, as well as an in-house clinic offering medical services to the residents and shaded parking. The construction process engaged employees and partners of Royal Herbs, giving all parties the chance to give back. This was done with the aim to create a home away from home for workers.

Project info

Construction phase
New construction
Building type
Non-residential building
Net floor area
295 m2
Stories
1 story
Construction type
Concrete
Original construction year of the building
2015
Project contact
Eng. Salma Khalil
Contact email address
salma.khalil@royalherbs.com

Project team

Developer(s)/owner(s)
Royal Herbs
Architect(s)
ECOnsult
Energy efficiency consultant(s)
ECOnsult

Building Rating and Certifications systems

Rating and certifications systems
Tarsheed

Building Envelope

External walls

Description of construction
121mm + 120 mm + 7 mm rockwool insulation

Roof

Roof type
Flat roof

Openings and windows

Glazing type
Double glazed
Description of construction
Use Low-E coated glass for all windows with width 800mm or larger/Use double glazing with higher thermal performance glass

Additional thermal insulation materials

Specification
Roof insulation: 75mm heat insulating foam

Technical Building Systems

Space cooling system

Description
wall fans

Water heater system

Primary water heater system
Solar Thermal collector on the roof

Lighting system

Primary lighting system
LED (Light emitting diode lamps)

Shading devices

Type of shading system installed
Static (fix) shading systems as part of the building architecture (e.g. Maschrabiyya, porch roofs, pergolas)

Photovoltaics

Capacity
70 kWp
Description
This is the total capacity for several buildings within the same project.