A shortcut to achive UAE sustainable housing


Dubai recently announced its aim to reduce its carbon footprint by 2020 with the help of clean technology.

Moawya Abdul Rahman, head of the structural engineering at Dubai Municipality, spoke of the joint effort with Dubai’s Energy and Water Authority (DEWA) to encourage sustainability practices in residential areas.

Maowya emphasised the need for residents to get involved. “When acquiring building permits,” he says, “Developers have to show the municipality that their buildings are environmentally friendly.”

He mentioned that it’s true that there are many requirements for a green building, but he clarified that the key factors they look for are in the building’s services and structural systems. These include heat insulation, energy and water supply, and drainage works.

Additionally, Dubai aims to green 50% of its building stock in the next 10 years. Their aim is to become the city with the smallest carbon footprint by 2050. In regards to energy, the country hopes to have 7% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2020, and 15% by 2030.

“Switching to LED lights, recycling and reducing water consumption are just a few ways for residents to reduce their carbon footprint. But there are more ways to improve the performance of your home,” he said.

He explained that switching to LED lights, recycling, and reducing water consumption are ways for residents to reduce their carbon footprint. But he added that there are more ways to improve home performances.

Here are four tips to make your home more green:

In-home gardens.

Whether you have a large yard, a balcony garden, or a flower pot in your windowsill, growing vegetables and herbs is surprisingly easy in the UAE’s climate. With a little planning and care, you could be eating your own home-grown vegetables in no time.

Efficient appliances.

Home appliances can be found with a variety of energy consumption ratings and efficiencies. Using energy-efficient appliances is often more economical in the long run, as lower energy consumption means lower operating costs.

Faucet water aerators.

Water aerators are an easy way to cut down on water consumption. The instrument adds air into the water stream of a faucet, reducing the overall volume of air being output. These are a simple and cost-efficient method to conserve the environment.

Use only non-toxic cleaners and detergents.

Conventional detergents and cleaners make use of a variety of chemicals that are either toxic or harmful to the environment. These chemicals are then drained into water systems. Make sure to use only detergents marked as non-toxic.

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