Better Buildings

Green Buildings

NYU Abu Dhabi employs strategies to reduce energy in academic and office buildings through conservation and efficiency methods.

Energy-saving strategies include large-scale retrofits, operational innovations through building management systems, advanced controls, active monitoring, and operator engagement.

NYUAD’s green campus buildings have significant health benefits. In fact, medical studies show that cognitive function doubles in offices with better indoor air quality. Therefore, our students, faculty, and administrators perform better — academically and professionally — in a more comfortable indoor environment with cleaner air.

Estidama Certification

The campus includes academic buildings, a library, theaters, indoor sports facilities, student and faculty residences, and laboratories. In addition, the outdoor sports facilities, including pitches, a grandstand, and an athletics track.


of household hot water from renewable energy sources

75% of household hot water from renewable energy sources


of power from renewable energy sources

10% of power from renewable energy sources

450,000 m2

 the entire campus is Estidama 2 Pearl rated

450,000 m2 of building space Estidama 2 Pearl rated

The campus has been built to be environmentally sustainable.

The campus has been awarded the 2 Pearl Estidama rating for its design and construction. Estidama is unique compared to other rating systems around the world as it reflects Abu Dhabi’s specific environmental, social, cultural, and economic landscape. The Department of Municipalities and Transport requires new buildings to comply with its Estidama standards.

Designed by award-winning Rafael Viñoly Architects, the state-of-the-art campus includes 21 buildings built to the highest specifications and featuring the latest technology. It covers 450,000 square meters — an area equivalent to eight New York City blocks — and reaches a height of more than 50 meters, promoting interaction between the University's disciplines, living and learning, research and teaching, and faculty, students, and staff.