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Qatar National Convention Center Goes for LEED Gold
Posted By Jorge Chapa On February 8, 2010 @ 12:42 am In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 5 Comments
When most of us think of convention centers , we think of big empty spaces that are certainly not very environmentally friendly. That’s not the case for the next generation of centers — case in point, the very cool looking Qatar National Convention Center . The striking 177,000 square meter structure is seeking a LEED Gold Rating, a first for a building of its type in the region. When it’s completed next year the center will boast 3,700 square meters of solar panels in addition to a host of other resource-saving features.
The Qatar Convention Center  was designed by Yamasaki Architects , is based on a concept design by Arata Isozaki, and has a total budget of 720 million dollars. The building’s most iconic feature will be a massive steel representation of a Sidra Tree that supports the external canopy of the building and serves as its main entrance.
The building will feature 3,700 square meters of solar panels , which will provide around 12% of the building’s total power. The choice to go with solar energy makes a lot of sense, granted the region’s sunny arid climate. The center is also fitted out with occupancy sensors, water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting , carbon dioxide monitors, and variable air-volume systems that minimize the use of resources and improve the indoor air quality of the space.
The convention center is slated to open in 2011.
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