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UAE leads GCC region in smart buildings solutions: report

Posted on 05/08/2016

The UAE is leading the GCC initiatives in smart building solutions with more than two thirds of the 1,236 Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)-certified projects, according to a study by technology firm Honeywell International. 'It is also the frontrunner in the region in implementing unified building codes for new buildings. Since 2014, the Abu Dhabi International Building Code (ADIBC) standards have become compulsory for all projects in the emirate,' the study noted. The ...  >>MORE

EmiratesGBC joins hands with Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to double rate of energy efficiency by 2030

Posted on 02/08/2016

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, has joined hands with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy for initiatives to double the rate of energy efficiency in buildings by 2030. This follows the new partnership between the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and the World Resources Institute-led Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), whereby Green Building Councils across ...  >>MORE

UAE among top 10 countries for LEED Green Building: US Green Building Council Index

Posted on 09/08/2015

The UAE led the Middle Eastern countries in green building applications, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) international rankings of the top 10 countries for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2015, the world's most widely used and recognised green building rating system. 'The United Arab Emirates (3.13 million of cumulative gross square metres, GSM) has had strong green building years. The UAE increased its total amount of LEED-certified space by 72 ...  >>MORE

UAE a leader in green building, says US trade body

Posted on 27/07/2015

The UAE has been named as one of the top 10 markets for green building space by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC, a not-for profit organisation, oversees the Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system. It says that the UAE has the eighth-largest stock of Leed-certified buildings outside the US at 3.1 million square metres. Canada has the biggest stock of Leed-certified buildings outside the US at 26.6 million square metres, followed by ...  >>MORE

EmiratesGBC strengthens UAE’s 'sustainable built' environment

Posted on 22/07/2015

Emirates Green Building Council, EmiratesGBC, an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, has redefined the 'sustainable built' environment of the UAE, supporting the nation in achieving new benchmarks throughout nine years of ground-breaking initiatives. Since its establishment in 2006, EmiratesGBC has served as an integral partner in achieving the ‘green vision' of the nation, which has already achieved tangible results in ...  >>MORE

International Renewable Energy Agency HQ in Masdar City named Green Commercial Building of the Year

Posted on 17/05/2015

The recently completed International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) headquarters, located in Masdar City, where Masdar is building the world's most sustainable city, has been named the Green Commercial Building of the Year by the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC). The EGBC recognised IRENA building architect and lead consultant Woods Bagot and design and build contractor Brookfield Multiplex at an awards ceremony dinner at the Murooj Rotana Hotel in Dubai. The award recognises a building ...  >>MORE

Buildings in Dubai to use 'green' concrete in construction

Posted on 31/03/2015

As part of its strategy to make Dubai a green city, starting from 1st April, all new buildings' construction should use 'green' concrete, the eco-friendly Supplementary Cementing Materials, SCMs, alternative for Ordinary Portland Cement, OPC, the major component of concrete mix that is found to emit toxic gases. With each tonne of OPC produced emitting more than one tonne of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases, Dubai Municipality has made it mandatory for consultants and contractors to use ...  >>MORE

Eco-friendly buildings: UAE set to go up global ranking

Posted on 08/05/2014

The UAE could trump up other top countries in the global rankings for "green" building spaces, an expert said following the release of a US Green Building Council (GBC) report. The council, an industry body that promotes cost-efficient and energy-saving buildings, released its ranking for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in each nation as of April 2014. Canada topped the list, followed by China, ...  >>MORE

Dubai to be the most sustainable city by 2020: Nasser Lootah

Posted on 10/12/2013

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality has said that civic body works hard to make the city of Dubai one of the top ten sustainable cities in the world by 2020 implementing the green building regulation and related orders in line with the strategic vision and goals of the Dubai Government. He was commenting on the plans of Dubai Municipality in preparation to host Expo 2020, he said: "We are obliged to fulfil our word in front of the world that we will create an amazing ...  >>MORE

UAE builds long-term green initiatives

Posted on 24/02/2013

The UAE is starting to build a resume of green initiatives, and with the global environment in a perilous state, the country is playing its part in a bid to slow the tide of climate change. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) opening its first green building in the UAE last week is just one in a series of long-term initiatives planned. Also last year, in January, a key initiative called ‘A green economy for sustainable development' was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin ...  >>MORE