Sabic Home Of Innovation – Demonstration Home Riyadh, KSA

Sabic Home Of Innovation – Demonstration Home Riyadh, KSA



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Project Team:

Project Title: SABIC – Home of Innovation, Demonstration Home
Project Location: Riyadh Techno Valley (RTV), Riyadh, KSA
Owner: Saudi Basic Industrial Corporation (SABIC)
Client: Joannou & Paraskevaides
(Saudi Arabia) Limited
Project Team • Building Innovation- IBACOS,, Pittsburgh, PA USA
• The Project Architect – Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants, Jeddah, KSA
• Interior Design – theOtherDada, Beirut, Lebanon
• LEED & Sustainability Consultant – Green Technologies FZCO, Dubai, UAE and Sol Design + Consulting, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Sustainable Goals: • Net Zero Home
• Improved Indoor Air
• Reduced Water Consumption
• Reduced Energy Consumption


The Home of Innovation Demonstration Home at the Home of Innovation facility at Riyadh Techno Valley, King Saud University exemplifies the best in current sustainable home design. In addition to this Project being a Net Zero Building (NZB), Home of Innovation has also achieved LEED Platinum rating, the highest level of recognition by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC). Thus, making this project the First LEED Platinum Certified Homes project in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.
The Demonstration Home showcases a full assortment of the latest commercially available technologies yielding net zero energy use, water conservation and environmentally responsible building materials and techniques to light the path for sustainable home building around the globe.
Solar PV system has been designed to be Grid Connected with Battery Back-up. Operational Principle of the system is such that power generated from the Solar PV system will fully charge the battery bank, and export the surplus to the Utility Grid.

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Key Sustainable Features of the Home of Innovation, Demonstration Home Project includes:

• 28.8kWp Solar PV System (Grid-Connected with Battery Back-up) to support net-zero energy consumption.
• Conditioning of the HOI Demonstration Home, as well as water heating and other energy using systems is controlled by a computer-based building management system that gives precise control, immediate response to demand changes and real-time tracking of all variables and performance.
• Two high-efficiency central heat pump systems are augmented by a Variable Refrigerant Flow system (VRF) with seven mini-splits serving multiple zones throughout the home.
• Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) exterior walls and roof provide enhanced insulation values and a thermally massive structure to resist outdoor temperature swings.
• High performance insulated windows feature an exceptional solar heat gain coefficient, reflecting most infrared radiation heat away from the interior, while permitting visible light entry.
• Air infiltration is reduced significantly and controlled at a low 1.6 air changes per hour (ACH), providing plenty of clean fresh air for occupants without sacrificing energy performance.
• High-efficiency bath exhaust fans.
• A home energy recovery ventilator (ERV) provides tempered fresh air while further reducing the cooling load.
• Equipped with a Solar hot water system which requires very little energy compared to conventional tanks.
• Controlled, continuous fresh air supply via the energy-efficient ERV.
• Allergen-reducing MERV 13 air filters offer the best home performance recommended by LEED.