UAE has 63.96 million square metres of built up area adapted to local green building regulations or certification programmes, according to Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC).
An independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, EmiratesGBC said there are 35.3 million sq m of total built up area of certified projects under Estidama Pearl Rating System in Abu Dhabi and 26.9 million sq m of total built up area of completed projects following Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications in Dubai.
Additionally, there are 239,200 sq m of total built up area of projects which received permits under Barjeel in Ras Al Khaimah, stated EmiratesGBC in its '2020 UAE Green Building Market Brief' released today (September 24) coinciding with World Green Building Week.
The in-depth publication from EmiratesGBC also reveals the number of buildings under various green building ratings across the UAE region.
In all, the UAE has 386 projects with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, as of April with a total built up area of 5.9 million sq m.
Since 2006, uptake of international green building standards became increasingly common with the first UAE project receiving the Leed certification, an internationally recognised green building certification system developed by the US Green Building Council.
Additionally, 4,000 sq m of built-up area in the emirates is WELL certified, an international performance-based system for certifying buildings based on their impact human health and well-being, the EmiratesGBC stated in its report.
Chairman Ali Al Jassim said: "The UAE Green Building Market Brief presents evidence-backed insights on the progress achieved by the UAE in promoting sustainable built environments. With a growing footprint of buildings being developed under green building regulations, the nation is progressing towards its goal of achieving net zero carbon buildings by 2050."
"We are committed to strengthening this by offering insights on green building best practices and knowledge sharing. With buildings and the construction sector accounting for nearly 39 per cent of energy-related emissions globally and more so in the UAE, it is important to continue to focus on deep retrofitting and net zero carbon buildings," noted Ali Jassim.
He pointed out that the UAE Green Building Market Brief showcases the current state of sustainability in the region.
"It highlights the number of buildings complying to Estidama Pearl Rating System in Abu Dhabi, Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications in Dubai and Barjeel Green Building Regulations in Ras Al Khaimah," added Ali Al Jassim.
Dr Ioannis Spanos, Regional Manager: Sustainability, KEO International Consultants, said: "At KEO International Consultants, our vision is to support the UAE and the wider Mena region to meet green buildings regulations while adhering to the complete well-being of building occupants. Our support towards EmiratesGBC for the UAE Green Building Market Brief highlights our commitment towards promoting sustainability in the region."
Retrofit being one of the most critical elements of sustainability has also witnessed a lot of progress over the years.
Dubai has completed 1,241 buildings and 6,658 villas under its retrofit programme established in 2013 whereas Sharjah has 18 buildings, having established the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) retrofit programme two years ago and Ras Al Khaimah has executed retrofit of 16 villas as of April 2020 said the EmiratesGBC report.
According to EmiratesGBC, the health and wellbeing of building occupants has become a focal point within the green building realm, and the Covid-19 pandemic has brought even more attention to how indoor environmental quality is a major factor influencing wellness.
EmiratesGBC aims to support the UAE and wider region for a sustainable built environment with the help of various studies, technical trainings and programmes in order to push the boundaries of sustainability across all its stakeholders,, it added.-TradeArabia News Service
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