Green guidelines for Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi's Environment Agency is preparing guidelines for the implementation of green building techniques on future projects in the Emirate.

Abu Dhabi's Environment Agency is preparing guidelines for the implementation of green building techniques on future projects in the Emirate. The Green Building project commenced on 31 May 2007 under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

The first phase of the project includes the development of two sets of green building guidelines: one each for residential and commercial buildings. A gap analysis report will be prepared comparing current building practice in Abu Dhabi with international green building expertise and a strategy will be developed for the implementation of the guidelines.

Phase two of the project will cover governance requirements, the mechanism for implementing the guidelines and procedures for the monitoring and accreditation of buildings. The project is expected to be completed within one year, after which details of the expected implemented procedures will be released.

An as yet unnamed consultant has been appointed to identify gaps in current procedures followed compared to international best practice. The firm will also be responsible for the revision of draft guidelines and ensuring the procedures can be implemented in the local market.

Construction activity in Abu Dhabi is expected to increase by 25% annually over the next three years. The aim of the project is to ensure energy and water consumption is minimised and to reduce long-term maintenance costs.

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