MED-ENEC - Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector in the Mediterranean


External cooperation programmes - European Commission

Pilot Project Jordan

Aqaba Residence Energy Efficiency (AREE) is an energy efficient building designed for hot dry climate. AREE is located in the 9th district of Aqaba city, Jordan.

The building, 420 m² in size, is designed for residential purpose with the option of use as guest researcher loggings/study center.

The project is the national winner of the ENERGY GLOBE Award 2007.


Centre for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE)

Emtairah Consulting Corp (ECC)


Architect: Florentine Visser

PP Jordan


The purpose of the Aqaba Residence Energy Efficiency is to show energy efficient design and construction in a dry hot climate, where summer temperatures rise above 40ºC and to inspire adoption of best practices in residential buildings for the future.

The building should not radically depart from conventional practices to allow for adoption by the future home owners in the region.

The design approach is to demonstrate the potential of reducing electricity demand for cooling through:

1. Design & behavioral elements

2. Building materials

3. Renewable energy technology


Translated into figures, the pilot project shows a reduction of the total primary energy consumption down to less than 20% compared to a newly built conventional building in Jordan. The additional cost compared to a standard building is approximately 50,000 Euro. The pay back is expected to be around 12 years but will come down to less than four years taking into account large scale building programs and the learning effect.


Main technical features of the Pilot Project

The energy concept for AREE is based on an integrated approach incorporating measures for energy conservation, rational use of energy and application of renewable energies. The focus is mainly on reducing electricity usage for cooling.

Basic measures with high / moderate cost efficiency:

  • Compact thermal mass
  • Orientation of the building
  • Evaporation cooling
  • Thermal wall for heat accumulation and sun gain in winter
  • Landscaping and plants for shading
  • Improved insulation for roof and walls
  • Energy efficient lighting and appliances

Additional measures:

  • Adsorption solar cooling

Main results of the Pilot Project

If passive strategies are combined with the use of renewable energies, almost a "Zero-Energy House" becomes possible, reducing CO2-emissions by 1150 tons in the lifetime of the building (50 years).

Taking into account the additional investment cost of around 50,000 € for the MED-ENEC pilot project solution, the pay back time only starts after approx. 12 years.


It can, however, be reduced to only 4 years, if only the most cost efficient technologies are applied and through learning and scale effects in the framework of large public or private building programs.


Supporting material

Download the Pilot Project brochure in english here.

Dowload the Pilot Project brochure in arabic here.

Download the progress report of the Jordan PP here.

Download photos of the Jordan PP here.

Download the Press release of the jordan PP by clicking here.

Download PP Poster Jordan here.

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