Green Codes and Regulations
Taking The RighT STepS
Big Project ME speaks to Wayne Morgan, sustainability consultant at Cundall, to understand what sort of impact the introduction of green building codes and regulations has had on the UAE’s construction industry What sort of impact has the introduction of green building codes and regulations had on the way buildings are being designed and built in the UAE?
Over the last five to seven years, the increase in both the number of green building codes and their implementation has seen an
increase. Originally, the LEED certification process was used, along with Estidama’s Pearl Rating System from 2010. In recent years, however, there has been a drive towards further localisation of standards, with the introduction of the GSAS Sustainability Rating System in
Minimum rating Once implementation of the Al Saafat Rating System starts in Dubai - from 2018 onwards - all buildings will be required to achieve a minimum rating of Bronze, by using the system.
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other GCC countries, and more recently the newly released Al Saafat Rating System in Dubai. Once implementation starts within Dubai – from 2018 onwards – all buildings will be required to achieve a minimum rating of Bronze, by using the system. This is a clear drive by Dubai Municipality
to reduce the energy consumption of all new buildings, which in turn will force developers and designers to more closely consider the impact of the design and construction of the building. While previous regulations and rating systems have been in place and used, this is the first mandatory requirement put