Amman, Jordan

The Rockery House

The Rockery House is a private residence, it is a net-zero-energy building by design. The house was designed to reduce energy use by 50% compared to the code-compliance building and 80% compared to market available similar buildings. It is located on the border of Amman city in Jordan.

Project info

Construction phase
New construction
Building type
Single Family House (SFH)
Detailed building type
Single Family House (SFH) - detached
Net floor area
825 m2
2 stories
Construction type
Original construction year of the building
Project contact
Maysoon Al-Khuraissat
Contact email address

Project team

Hanna Salameh Design
Energy efficiency consultant(s)
adaa, sustainable development consultants
HVAC consultant(s)

Building Rating and Certifications systems

Rating and certifications systems
Not applicable

Building Envelope

External walls

Description of construction
Concrete walls, aktivTHERM for hard to reach thermal bridge areas
0.16 W/(m²*K)


Roof type
Flat roof
Description of construction
Concrete ceiling
0.21 W/(m²*K)

Openings and windows

Glazing type
Double glazed
U-Value glass
1.43 W/(m²*K)
G-Value glass
Frame material / description
PVC for small windows and thermal brake aluminum for large size full height windows
Overall u-value window
1.43 W/(m²*K)
Description of construction
Glazing: AGC glass, window frame: Almimari, S

Technical Building Systems

Ventilation system

Type of ventilation
Mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery

Space cooling system

Primary space cooling system
Centralised chiller │Usually a central system located in the basement

Space heating system

Primary Space heating system
Heat Pump (air-water)

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)
For large full height glazing area, mashrabiya and vegetation screen is used, for small windows roller shutters are used

Final Energy Demand

Energy carrier (1)

Financial Aspects

Financing sources
Financing/funding institution