Bahrain World Trade Center wins Nova award
Manama, November 18, 2009
Bahrain World Trade Center (BWTC), the world’s first building to ever integrate large-scale commercial wind turbines into a mixed-use development, has won the prestigious 2009 Nova Award in Innovation.
The Nova awards identify projects that have been proven to display significant technological advances and have had positive, important effects on construction to improve quality and reduce cost. The BWTC’s win was announced at the Nova Award Banquet in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Officially certified by Bahrain’s Electricity Distribution Directorate (EDD) early in 2009, the BWTC's three 29-metre diameter turbines are fully operational and are currently supplying 11-15 per cent of the 50 storey office towers’ energy requirements.
“Winning a Nova award from the renowned Construction Innovation Forum is clear evidence that the Bahrain World Trade Center has made an extraordinary contribution to the technological progress within the region’s construction industry, especially in relation to the built environment,” stated Bob Addison of DTZ, the BWTC’s managing and leasing agents.
Bahrain’s familiar twin towers are on the cusp of international sustainability agendas, and are well known as one of the catalysts in changing the approach of Middle East developers towards a future of energy-efficient design.
Designed by Atkins, the world’s eighth largest design firm, the iconic building is the first in the world to suspend electricity-generating wind turbines between two commercial tower structures, surpassing existing construction boundaries.
“The Bahrain World Trade Center sets a technological precedent which we hope raises the awareness of environmental design and its importance in the built environment and we hope it paves the way for designers and clients to incorporate renewables and energy efficient measures into their future developments to reduce carbon emissions,”
added Shaun Killa, design director, Atkins.
The Nova Award is an annual award instituted by the Construction Innovation Forum (CIF) since 1989.-TradeArabia News Service