New Cairo, Egypt

AUC Faculty Housing Plot 3

The AUC Faculty House at Plot 3 is a multi-story residential housing complex consisting of four floors, a basement, and an accessible green roof. The housing complex consists of 40 apartment units, a reception area/lobby and shared common services. AUC has initiated a LEED Silver certification.
The AUC Faculty Housing Plot 3 has features including a green roof, solar heating, energy-efficient doors and windows, motion sensors, submeters, and a landscape rich with low-impact, native plants.

Project info

Construction phase
New construction
Building type
Multi Family House (MFH)
Detailed building type
Multi Family House / Apartment block - Large (> 1000m²) - detached
Net floor area
14.264 m2
5 stories
Construction type
Mixed construction
Original construction year of the building
Project contact
Eng. Yasmine Mansour Mahmoud
Contact email address

Project team

The American University in Cairo
EAG Egyptian Architect Group - Khaled Zakaria El Adli
Construction contractor(s)
NAP Contractors, Al Thoraia and El Basel for Contracting
Other project team partners
Dr. Ali Abdel Rahaman - Civil and architecture consultant

Building Rating and Certifications systems

Rating and certifications systems
Not applicable

Building Envelope

External walls

Description of construction
The structure is made of a typical reinforced concrete column and slab system. Both interior and exterior walls use typical brick and cement mortar.


Roof type
Flat roof
Description of construction
Green roof offsets some of the carbon emissions of the building. There is an automatic irrigation and drainage system to maintain the grass and plants. For sustainable pest control, a sprayer is used for fumigating the green roof as needed.

Openings and windows

Glazing type
Double glazed
U-Value glass
2.8 W/(m²*K)
Frame material / description
Sliding windows with sashes that can be operated by sliding left or right within a single frame. Vinyl frames are energy efficient.
Overall u-value window
2.8 W/(m²*K)

Basement floor

Description of construction

Technical Building Systems

Ventilation system

Type of ventilation
Free ventilation (windows)
The ventilation system equipment and associated components are maintained in accordance with the plan developed for EA prerequisite Energy Efficiency Best Management Practices.

Space cooling system

Primary space cooling system
Mounted single-split or window air conditioner│Usually a visible smaller system mounted outside the wall or above the window just supplying one room

Water heater system

Primary water heater system
Solar Thermal collector on the roof
The solar water heaters are adjusted semi-annually; Before the winter, the temperature is adjusted to be between 45 - 50 degrees Celsius and Before the summer, the temperature is adjusted to be between 35-38 degrees Celsius.

Lighting system

Primary lighting system
LED (Light emitting diode lamps)
Corridors and stairs have motion sensors. Landscape lighting have automatic sensors that turn on whenever it is dark according to winter and summer timings.

Shading devices

Type of shading system installed
Manual systems (e.g. roller shutters, folding shutters, external blinds)
Maschrabiyya aluminum outdoor on the front building, canvas blinds in the apartments, folding shutters in the entrance, pergola on the roof.


Manufacturer(s) / products
Schneider Electric

Final Energy Demand

Energy carrier (1)
Annual heating demand
166.8 kWh/(m²*a)
Annual cooling demand
108.38 kWh/(m²*a)
Annual lighting demand
99.069 kWh/(m²*a)
Annual hot water demand
55.8 kWh/(m²*a)
Total specific final energy demand
262.859 kWh/(m²*a)

Primary Energy Demand & Emissions

Primary energy demand
157680.00 kWh/(m²*a)
CO2 emissions
94134.96 kg/(m²*a)
CO2e emissions
44321.28 kg/(m²*a)

Financial Aspects

Financing sources