Green building to be enforced in Dubai from 2014
Green building code will be mandatory for private, public sectors
It will be mandatory for the public and private sector to comply with Dubai's green building code from 2014, according to Najeeb Zaafrani, secretary-general and CEO of the Dubai Supreme Energy Council (SEC).
Zaafrani acknowledged that green buildings incurred a higher capital cost from the outset, but that this would ultimately be offset by longer-term environmental savings.
“While green building codes are currently implemented in all new government buildings, green buildings will be mandatory in both the private and public sectors in 2014,” he said.
Zaafrani said it was the intention of the SEC to promote green building more aggressively until 2014. However, it would also focus on upgrading existing buildings to the same code, by focusing on energy-saving lighting and solar power.
Various taskforces had been charged with a range of projects, from establishing a green financing scheme to compiling technical guidelines.
SEC was also committed to reducing the impact of utilities on the UAE's carbon footprint, with the main focus in this regard being air-con, which accounts 60% of the total energy consumption. Even a 10% savings in this regard would have a massive imapct, said Zaafrani.
“Any smart energy strategy must include in its approach the potential savings that can be made through energy-efficient practices in building development.
“By applying sustainable building practices, right from design to implementation, significant energy savings can be made, which contribute to the overall smart energy management initiatives,” said Zaafrani.