Dubai : New energy efficiency rankings to be introduced

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Dubai Municipality will soon be introducing a new ranking system for rating a building’s energy efficiency and a new law setting minimum standards for retrofitting properties. The new law will utilize a framework that had been developed into a set of technical standards by the Emirates Green Building Council.

According to Nabil Siyam, the principal building studies specialist at Dubai Municipality, the ranking system and the retrofitting standards will have four categories and will likely be introduced from 1 January 2016. The entry-level for ranking buildings will be the bronze category. This is  based on the minimum standards that buildings need to meet under Dubai Municipality’s Green Building Regulations.

Meanwhile, Dubai is in the process of developing an “energy intensity map” for the country, as said by Taher Diab, Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy senior director of strategy and planning. “This is a tool where you can look at where Dubai’s highest energy consumption is – that will naturally go into targeting older buildings and facilities”, he explained.

Saeed Al Abbar, the chairman of the Emirates Green Building Council, said that there are 120,000 existing buildings which were built in Dubai without any energy efficiency or sustainability regulations. In addition, those that were built within the regulations may be five or six years old and need fine-tuning or refurbishing to ensure better performance. About 35,000 of these have been identified as being suitable for major retrofits while others could benefit from improvements in operational and maintenance practices to enhance their lifespan.

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