UAE - Building permits will be issued in Ajman only if the buildings are compliant to the green building regulations, the emirate's municipality has announced.

The rule will be effective from today. The decision on green buildings is optional for villas under construction which have already received building permits. Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, chairman of Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, said the department is keen to implement standards to create a modern sustainable environment that will establish the future of Ajman.

"The municipality aims to turn Ajman into one of the best sustainable cities around the world which attracts visitors and investors to open their projects in a peaceful environment. Green buildings will save a lot of financial burden for residents along with improving health standards, reducing wastage and minimising negative impacts of the environment," he said.

"Our work is in line with the Ajman Government's vision of building a society that contributes to building a green economy to ensure that residents and visitors reduce carbon emissions in the emirate," added Al Nuaimi.

Mohammed Ahmed bin Omair Al Muhairi, executive director of infrastructure development sector and planning department, said the municipality had already distributed permits to villa owners during the first phase. "The green building requirements - the use of high-quality glass facades, quality energy and technologies - will contribute to the rationalisation of electricity consumption."

Bin Omair said the decision will be clear to the residents to implement its provisions and benefit from them. "All provisions of the decision are in the interest of individuals to create an attractive city for all.


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