Masdar City Concrete Competition

Masdar City, the carbon-neutral, zero-waste, clean-technology cluster in Abu Dhabi, is a pioneer in driving the development of increasingly energy and resource efficient low-carbon construction and buildings. As a part of these efforts, Masdar City works with its contractors, developers, suppliers and other partners to develop and specify materials and processes that will help it reduce its environmental footprint through resource and energy conservation, as well as renewable energy generation.

Already, Masdar City has worked with its partners to develop lower embedded-carbon recycled aluminum, water-based paints, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products.

As part of this effort, Masdar City and Al Falah Readymix have launched the $150,000 “Masdar City Sustainable Concrete Competition” to encourage development of a low embodied-carbon concrete to be use in the construction of the city. The winning concrete must be producible on a commercial scale and at a cost no greater than what Masdar City currently pays for concrete.

Masdar City also will award a $50,000 “Masdar City Lowest Carbon-Footprint Concrete” prize competition for the concrete with the lowest embodied-carbon content, irrespective of cost or current commercial viability.

The winner of the Masdar City Sustainable Concrete competition will see its concrete used by Masdar City in the ongoing construction of the city and, therefore, must be able to produce up to 500,000 cubic meters of the sustainable concrete a year to meet Masdar City’s expected concrete demand.

The winner will be selected by a respected panel and will be publicly recognized for its accomplishment. While Masdar City will have the option to purchase the concrete, ownership of the intellectual property behind the winning concrete remains with the manufacturer.

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