The term sustainability has gained a lot of attention globally, especially in the MENA countries like Qatar, UAE, and Lebanon for the last ten years. Sustainable projects tend to grow interests in every sector of living. So every Government starts to develop

concepts to reduce all unreplenishable wastes and conserve natural resources.  Adu Dhabi’s Pearl Rating System (PRS) is one of the most globally acclaimed Green Building Rating Systems. It has created drastic changes in the Building and Construction sectors of the UAE. Qatar’s Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) also impacted the International Green concept of Sustainable Living. 

Do you know the construction of any buildings directly impacts the environment and ecosystem? As the real estate sector increases far more than before in the Middle East, LEED certification is essential for any Building Construction within UAE. During the development, renovation, or demolition, there is a tonne usage of water, and energy, harmful gas emissions, and even generates non-renewable wastes. So, to tackle the present situation and develop a sustainable future, there must be a maintained system to track and enforce appropriate management. 

The Dubai Green Building Regulations defines, 

“Green Building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that increase the efficiency of resource use -energy, water, and materials- while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle, through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.” (Green Building Regulations & Specifications, DEWA)


2007: Established Dubai Green Building Regulation and Specification 

2011: Dubai municipality made the regulations mandatory for all government buildings.

2014: Implementation of strategy and made mandatory regulations for all new buildings in Dubai

2016: Upgraded the existed code to a rating system, Al Sa’fat as a Green Building Ratings System depending on their compliance to sustainability performance.

2020: ‘Al Sa’fat – Dubai Green Building System’ upgraded to ‘Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications.’

“According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), the buildings and building construction sectors are together responsible for 36% of global energy consumption and nearly 40% of CO2 emissions.” “Its prominent goals were to reduce the consumption of electricity by 20 percent, water consumption by 15 percent, carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent, and waste by as much as 50 percent.” ( The launch of the Al Safat rating system reduced the energy-consumption and increased the usage of renewable energy and eco-friendly materials.

Al Safat system improves building safety and integration of technology with a green system in reducing carbon footprint. The development of this strategy promotes architects and developers to construct every building benefiting a greener economy in the future. (2)Do you know each new building must have cleared the Green Building Declaration in the development stage?

You will also submit the Declaration with the Documents to the authority and get it signed and verified as a final approval in Dubai. The whole process focuses on Greener Planning, Resource conservation: water and energy, and effective disposal of wastes. 

Focus Areas of Green Buildings in Dubai:

1. Energy optimization

2. Active Design (Energy, water, etc.)

3. Passive design (Envelope, shading, etc.))

4. Construction compliance

5. Truly performing Buildings. (

Different aspects of Green Building design include:

“1. Ecology and planning

2. Building vitality

3. Recourses effectiveness: Energy

4. Recourses effectiveness: Water

5. Recourses effectiveness: Materials and Waste” (​

There are specific regulations under every aspect of the design, building, and development, from parking access to recycling and waste management. 


1. Lower Construction Costs.

2. Energy Conservation.

3. Eco-friendly.

4. Healthy benefits.

5. Less Operational Costs.

These sustainable buildings or eco-friendly buildings are optimized to balance the energy consumption, Green House Gas emission, and even operational costs from design to disposal. We, at Leyan Engineering, offer the best suitable design concepts to support Green Building System with our high excellent architects. We have the best solution to construct the eco-friendly building and help to get Al Saf’at approval.