Muscat: 13 July 2015: Students from the Higher College of Technology (HCT) have showcased a pioneering environmental project to a visiting delegation of officials from Omran recently, headed by His Excellency Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidi, Chairman of Omran. The visit comes as part of the government’s plan to support and encourage Omani youth initiatives on themes of sustainability and environmental innovation. The delegation was received by Dr Khalid bin Abdul Aziz Ambosaidi, Dean of HCT and Dr Muna Al Farsi, Supervisor of the HCT team.
The student designed ‘Eco-house’ project is an innovative residential villa featuring unique environmental specifications which enables the building to generate its own energy and dispose of waste water in an environmentally responsible manner. The project highlights a number of ground-breakingnew technologies and design techniques and serves as inspiration towards the Sultanate’s plan to build a sustainable future for the coming generations.
Announced during the visit, and as part of the framework of support provided to higher education institutions by Omran, the company will be providing opportunities for students and staff to attend specialised urban planning and architectural workshops so that they may benefit from the global expertise of consultants working on the master plan for the Hay Al Irfan project. Through such exchanges, academic institutions will also contribute in the development of building standards through their research on construction and design practices that compliment Oman’s traditional architecture and natural environment.
The HCT Eco-house project was financed through a grant from The Research Council after winning a national competition for innovative environmental building designs. The competition, similar to the famous US contest ‘Solar Decathlon’, saw the participation of a number of higher education institutions including the German University of Technology in Oman, Nizwa University, Sultan Qaboos University and Dhofar University. As part of the competition the teams were required to create eco houses and were judged on the three phases of their projects; concept, design and implementation.
The competition aimed to encourage students to develop innovative solutions for sustainable development and garner support and funding for higher education institutions from the private sector in order to pursue green building research and technology.