Dubai to test green materials

Dubai Municipality has established a new laboratory for testing green materials used in the construction of buildings in the city.

Dubai Municipality has established a new laboratory for testing green materials used in the construction of buildings in the city.

Hawa Abdullah Bastaki, director of Dubai Central Laboratory Department, said the new initiative would be used for assessing the characteristics of these materials as per the international approved standard specifications.

She also said the initiative was in line with the Dubai Municipality's directives on facing the current environmental challenges aimed at transforming Dubai into a sustainable city by adhering to all environmental-friendly standards.

The laboratory is the first of its kind in Dubai.

Bastaki said tests would be conducted on green materials such as thermal insulation products, materials resulting from industrial wastes like fly ash and materials resulting from recycling concrete of old demolished buildings.

"These materials ensure the reduction of energy consumption, protect the environment as per international standards by reducing pollution, preserve natural materials, reduce operational costs, strengthen the performance of the buildings and create a good working environment as well as hygienic accommodation," said Bastaki.

In January, UAE vice president, prime minister and ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum passed a decree for applying green buildings standards on all buildings and structures in the city.

Ali Elian, head of engineering materials laboratory section said the section has qualified and advanced technical capabilities to conduct a number of lab tests as well as on the field tests.

"The Green Materials Lab in the Municipality will be the first of its kind in Dubai, and can conduct physical and mechanical tests on thermal insulation materials. It can also conduct fire tests as per international specifications using the most advanced and precise equipments," he said.

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