Dubai : Al-Safat, a new green building rating system

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A new green building rating system has just been launched by Dubai Municipality. Built upon the Arabic definition, ‘Al-Safat’, the new green building rating system means date palm fronds and refers to the traditional Arabic system of using palm fronds as building roofs to keep the interior cool.

The new rating system is split into four classifications: platinum, gold, silver and bronze. New buildings which do not meet the minimum bronze rating will not receive a permit, announced the Dubai Municipality.

According to Hussain Nasser Lootah, The Director General of Dubai Municipality, all types of buildings including residential, commercial, industrial and other facilities will need to meet the bronze certification requirements. However, building owners, investors and developers are encouraged to apply other additional qualifying elements to enhance the building rating and provide benefits to the occupants as well as the environment.

“The new rating system focuses on the lifecycle  of the building and aspects crucial to it, such as increased efficiency, reduced energy and water consumption, use of eco-friendly materials, renewable energy characteristic, alternative energy sources and construction design” said Essa Al Haj Al Maidour, The Deputy Director -General of Dubai Municipality.

He added that a building can save energy of up to 34 per cent by implementing the Al-Safat green building standards.

A strategy for retrofitting old buildings have also been applied using eco-friendly and sustainable materials and equipment for lighting, air-conditioning etc.

The launch of Al Safat rating system reflects the goals of Dubai’s green building projects in reducing the consumption ofwater consumption by 15 per cent, electricity by 20 per cent, CO2 emissions by 20 per cent, and waste by as much as 50 per cent.

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