Green buildings set for Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi launches a new scheme to catch up with Dubai's sustainable leadership.

First platinum rated green building in the Middle East: Pacific Controls. Abu Dhabi hopes to take green buildings and sustainability to a new level.
First platinum rated green building in the Middle East: Pacific Controls. Abu Dhabi hopes to take green buildings and sustainability to a new level.

Abu Dhabi has begun the implementation of its Green Building project according to the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD).

The project, which commenced on 31 May this year, is part of the emirate's plan to introduce the concept of sustainable building on upcoming developments.

Speaking of its implementation, Laila Yousef Al-Hassan, Media and Publications Section, Environmental Education and Awareness Division, EAD, said: "The project involves two phases. The first will see a gap analysis report presenting comparisons of international expertise on green buildings with current procedures here in Abu Dhabi.

"A set of Green Buildings Guidelines (GBG) will also be created, one covering residential buildings and the other covering commercial buildings. This will be followed by the development of a strategy to implement these guidelines."

The second phase will include governance requirements, procedures for monitoring and accreditation of green buildings guidelines and the mechanisms for its implementation. According to the EAD, the implementation of sustainable building practices is vital as the emirate is expecting a 25 % yearly increase in construction over the next three years.

Continued strong revenues from the oil sector and a wave of proposed housing and tourist developments, plus plans to establish new industrial area in Al Ain and south of Mussafah are behind this growth.

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