(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) on Wednesday organised an event to celebrate the progress of its Eco House project.
The event, held under the auspices of Sheikh Abdullah Salim al Salmi, a member of GUtech's board of governors, was attended by members of GUtech's board of directors, H E Hans-Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz, German Ambassador to the sultanate, other dignitaries, students, graduates and faculty members.
''Saving energy is an important issue all around the world. Now, eco houses have become quite common in Germany. And today, we can witness the construction of the first of its kind eco house in Oman. The project links German expertise and Oman's building traditions. It brings local products to the forefront as well as innovations by German and European companies,'' said H E von Reibnitz.
The design is based on a student project and it is being implemented with the help of professors, graduates, consultants and companies. ''The Eco House project reflects GUtech's idea of an ideal university. We always try to find links between teaching and research and this is an excellent example of such endeavour,'' said Professor Modigell, rector of GUtech.
''We were part of the student group that did the initial design for the Eco House in our associate professor Martin Werminghausen's class,'' said Amna al Shaji, a BSc student in urban planning and architectural design.
The Eco House has been designed in such a way that it suits local climatic conditions. However, the underlying theme of the design can be applied to any other building in Oman. ''After a year of planning, it is great to see the progress of the project, said Associate Professor Nikolaus Knebel, team leader of the Eco House project at GUtech.
''The project is on schedule, and though it involves trying out new ways of building, we are optimistic about finishing the construction as per schedule.
''A good working equation has been established among the contractor Rownak al A'asma, GUtech staff and students, and companies donating material for the project. This is a positive development,'' said Daniel Jung of New Innovative Technologies, the construction manager for the Eco H