Are you facing the real difficulties of global warming and climate change? Many of you might have witnessed the impacts of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the cities. According to the United Nations (UN) research, in 2050, around 68% of human beings will reside in cities.
As a result of the recent studies, the UN improved the New Urban Agenda to promote countries to make cities more habitable, healthy, sustainable, and eco-friendly. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the widely used building rating system to certify buildings with lower costs and carbon footprints. And these buildings will have fewer environmental impacts and are better connected more to a sustainable urban environment.
You might know sustainability is at the core of Expo 2020. The UAE constantly makes efforts to a sustainable future and to reduce its carbon footprint.
The latest trends in Urban architectural planning include the construction of sustainable buildings and the eco-environment. It aims to reduce the impact of construction on the environment and change the living habits of citizens in cities.
Government organizations have pushed the concept of sustainable buildings in the UAE to take initiatives to improve the quality of the environment and the well-being of the people.
In this blog, we will discuss the about sustainable green buildings in UAE.
Sustainable designs are the initial step to implementing sustainability in the project. Considering the regional challenges in GCC countries, passive design measures are developed o reduce heat gain in all buildings. So, optimized orientation, massing, and shading in the building designs can reduce the heat gain.
In UAE, several local strategies and organizations set goals for a future sustainable country. The initiatives include UAE Vision 2021, the UAE Centennial 2071, and the UAE Energy Strategy 2050 that are far-vision for a sustainable developed country.
In 2009, Abudhabi introduced Estidama (meaning sustainability in Arabic) or the PEARL building rating system to ensure new projects to be sustainable. Every plan must comply with the standards of the rating system.
Dubai Sa’fat is an initiative to promote sustainable developments and “green” practices in construction. Since 2014, it’s mandatory for all new building constructions.
Do you know more than 120 buildings inside Expo 2020 have been certified by US Green Building Council? The Sustainability Pavilion and ENOC’s ‘Service Station of the Future’ have been certified ‘Platinum’, the highest rating under LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), marking highly efficient and cost-saving sustainable architecture. Other certifications include 103 Gold, nine Silver, and two ‘Certified.
The whole idea has become a broader concept of energy consumption, conservation, and material reuse and recycling. Now, buildings must have the ability to offer comfortable, healthy, and productive space in their life. Covid-19 pandemic increased the concern for the quality of health and well-being inside your building.
Sustainability is the baseline for Buildings. It must integrate and address all aspects of people, the planet, and living.
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