Smart Buildability Index introduced in the UAE
HH Sheikh Mohammed launched the Smart Buildability Index; the index will be gradually introduced to construction projects above 2,000m2 starting from early 2017
The Smart Buildability Index was launched in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The ‘Smart Buildability Index’ is an initiative of the Federal Demographic Council.
It aims to standardise building designs that adopt modern building techniques such as 3D printing and use locally manufactured steel structures, pre-fabricated pillars and walls.
“Strong efforts in the field of smart solutions are required to accelerate the implementation of the goals of UAE Vision 2021,” Sheikh Mohammed was quoted as saying by UAE state news agency, WAM.
He added that the best smart technologies should be implemented across all sectors, especially in the construction industry.
Speaking during the launch, Sheikh Mohammed also highlighted the importance of standardisation in the construction sector across the UAE.
“Such indexes should be developed to ensure standards in the UAE are on par with the highest international benchmarks.
“Standardisation is a positive step that will enable major construction projects to better serve the citizens of the UAE, help them achieve happiness and promote further national progress and prosperity,” he said.
He further noted that the UAE will continue to pioneer the implementation of smart solutions and best practices to enhance its services and development sectors.
“We aim not only to achieve new levels of success, but also to be at the forefront of any development trend and become a model for the world to follow: ”Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that he has great confidence in the ability of the UAE people to achieve any goal set by the country.
Sheikh Mohammed witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by the Federal Demographic Council, federal ministries and the municipalities of the seven emirates, to commence the implementation of the new index across the UAE.
The index seeks to promote the use of techniques and materials that accelerate construction processes, increase productivity and rationalise the use of unskilled labour.
The index will be gradually introduced to construction projects of above 2,000 m2 starting from early 2017.