Established in April 2006, Masdar (the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) is a multi-faceted company advancing the development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy solutions and clean technologies. Masdar integrates the full renewable and clean technology lifecycle - from research to commercial deployment - with the aim of creating scalable clean energy solutions.

Masdar works with global partners and institutions to integrate new research with proven technologies to produce efficient systems and processes that can be replicated globally.

In addition, Masdar is associated with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) , the world's first graduate-only academic institution focused on research into alternative energies and sustainable technologies.

The Masdar Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent, research-driven institute developed with the support and cooperation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Institute offers Masters and (eventually) PhD programs in science and engineering disciplines, with a focus on advanced energy and sustainable technologies. This new Institute will establish linkages with the government and industry, both within the region and internationally, in order to move new knowledge to use in the form of innovative technologies and in the education of a wider audience

Scope of Work:
In order to meet the high expectations of MIST as a unique research centre in the energy fields, a high level of specifications was required in the building. The laboratories ventilation system was designed to achieve the maximum comfort with the minimum cost and hazards.

Venturi Air valves system was the heart of the ventilation system. Working with an air quality monitoring (AQM) system to control the minimum ventilation of the space based on the air quality; sensed by the AQM. The AQM is connected to the valves, such that the valves will react based on the cleanness of the air. The air valves system control system will decide whether the air can be re-circulated or it should be purged.

About a 550 valves were installed in the project, with some rooms having fume hoods installed, fume hood monitors were installed to keep the proper operation of the fume hoods. The system was programmed to respond to either the fume hood demand, the AQM signal, or to a purging signal coming through a pushbutton or BMS operator.