Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Home of Innovation Demonstration House

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) built the Home of Innovation Demonstration House in Riyadh, KSA in 2016. This detached Single-Family House (SFH) comprises 3 floors and has in total a built-up area of 800 m². The main measures to save energy are: the building is running on solar energy and requires zero energy from non-renewable resources, solar thermal for water heating, home automation, and an energy management system, as well as LED lighting for internal and external use. the house yield at least 40 percent reductions in overall energy and potable water use compared to other homes in Saudi Arabia.

Project info

Construction phase
New construction
Building type
Single Family House (SFH)
Detailed building type
Single Family House (SFH) - detached
Net floor area
800 m2
3 stories
Construction type
Original construction year of the building
Project contact
Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Contact email address

Project team

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) 
Zuhair Fayez Partnership
Construction contractor(s)
Joannou & Paraskevaides, Ltd.
Energy efficiency consultant(s)
Green Technologies FZCO, Sol Design+Consulting

Building Rating and Certifications systems

Rating and certifications systems

Building Envelope

External walls

Description of construction
Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) exterior walls and roof, providing enhanced insulation values and a thermally massive structure to resist outdoor temperature swings.


Description of construction

Openings and windows

Glazing type
Double glazed
Overall u-value window
1.33 W/(m²*K)
Description of construction
Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral 30 double silver-coated solar control glass High performance insulated windows, reflecting most infrared radiation heat away from the interior, while permitting visible light entry

Basement floor

Description of construction

Technical Building Systems

Ventilation system

Type of ventilation
Mechanical ventilation system with heat recovery
Reduced Air infiltration, controlled at a low 1.6 air changes per hour (ACH),providing fresh air without sacrificing energy performance

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

Space heating system

Primary Space heating system
Air-conditioning system (reversible for heating; air-air heat pump)
Two high-efficiency central heat pump systems, augmented by a Variable Refrigerant Flow system (VRF) with seven mini-splits serving multiple zones throughout the home.
Manufacturer(s) / products
SAFID (air damper, pressurization fan, return air registers, sand filter)

Water heater system

Primary water heater system
Solar Thermal collector on the roof

Lighting system

Primary lighting system
LED (Light emitting diode lamps)


28 kWp
Grid Connected with Battery Back-up, 28-kW rooftop solar array, a bank of 88 lithiumion solar batteries that stores surplus electricity for power outages

Final Energy Demand

Total specific final energy demand
N/A kWh/(m²*a)