Sustainability of Kuwait's Built Environment


MIT PI: Oral Buyukozturk; MIT CO-PIs: Markus J. Buehler, Sidney Yip, M. Nafi Toksoz, Huseyin Sadi Kuleli, John A Ochsendorf, Christoph Reinhart, Thomas A Herring; Kuwait CO-PIs: Hasan Kamal, Suad AlBahar, Ali Hajiah, Ali Bumajdad, Adil al-Mumin, Adel Hussain, Ammar Ben-Nakhi, Jamal Qazwini

The overall objective of the project is to develop innovative solutions and methodologies for the sustainability of Kuwait’s built environment and to establish a new paradigm in engineering design that can be used in Kuwait and exported throughout the world.

The project has three related focus areas:
  • Nano-engineered construction materials for durability in aggressive environment in Kuwait, and designed to access superior material properties from sustainable raw material inputs − Innovation in material design for sustainability
  • Ground Motion Modeling and Structural Monitoring for Performance-based Engineering and Reliability; system design with advanced materials and energy efficiency − Innovation in system design for sustainability
  • Enhanced Operational Energy Efficiency and Life Cycle Performance of Buildings and Neighborhoods in Kuwait − Innovation in energy–based design for sustainability
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