Country:United Arab Emirates
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2010
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards
Policy Target:Buildings>Building Code
Agency:Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (Estidama), Dubai Municipality

In 2010, the emirate of Abu Dhabi implemented the first mandatory sustainability building standards and rating system (Pearl 1 - 5) in the region, called Estidama, adapted to the local climate from leading international references.  The programme sets a minimum standard (Pearl 1) for all new construction in the emirate, which has reduced energy and water consumption by over 33% from the pre-Estidama baseline.

All government and government-funded buildings are furthermore required to achieve Pearl 2 rating. The system also sets sustainability standards for public spaces and planned developments, including mixed-use zoning, shading, and public transport links. For instance, the entire Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi’s flagship development, which will host the Louvre and hundreds of thousands of residents, will conform to the community standard. Ratings are validated pre- and post-construction by government inspection. Dubai will implement a green building code in 2014.

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