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CNAQ to set up 'eco-villa'.

JOSEPH VARGHESE DOHA GULF Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the College of North Atlantic in Qatar (CNAQ) to establish an 'eco-villa' on the institution's campus.

The eco-villa will be the first of its kind in the region and will be constructed using recycled and environment- friendly building materials that have low volatile organic compounds and emission rates.

The agreement was signed by GORD Founding Chairman Dr Yousef al Horr and CNAQ President Dr Ken MacLeod at GORDs' headquarters at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) on Wednesday.

Under the agreement, GORD and CNAQ will collaborate on sustainability and environmental research programmes and also cooperate in educational and other training opportunities for students, faculty members and staff.

Features of the villa include an inhouse energy generating system, water-efficient plumbing and irrigation equipment as well as intelligent building control systems.

The 'eco-villa' project is a pilot research initiative by GORD to develop information databases and test the viability of establishing more of such sustainable projects for Qatar's broader built environment.

Dr Horr said the 'eco-villa' would be an example of a sustainably smart and healthy living environment.

He explained: "We hope to encourage the adoption of this technology and reduce Qatar's' carbon footprint. We aim to provide industry stakeholders a sustainable model building concept and achieve fourstar 'eco-villa' design based on global sustainability assessment system." He said the project would evolve into a research hub to demonstrate sustainability best practices in the built environment. "We hope that the concept will encourage more people to learn about green building technologies in the built environment," he said.

Dr MacLeod said the partnership would enable sharing of expertise and research capabilities as well as create educational and training opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

"Our commitment to collaborating on sustainability research and strengthening the educational experience of our students is a key component of this agreement.

Constructing an 'eco-villa' at CNAQ represents a tremendous research opportunity for our students and faculty members to engage with GORD researchers." He said the project would be an important milestone in furthering sustainable applications.

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Date:Nov 22, 2012
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