Dubai Municipality’s Buildings Department issued Circular No. 222 regarding the new rating system for green buildings known as “Al Saafat”, which will be implemented early 2018.
The Al Saafat project aims to bring a 20% reduction in electricity consumption, 15% reduction in water consumption, 20 % reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and 50% waste reduction.
The initiative is designed to promote human and environmental health by achieving high performance of buildings.
“In line with the vision of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the municipality continues to move towards achieving its goals of being the world’s first sustainable city. Hence, it has launched several projects and initiatives, the latest being the green building rating system, Al Saafat,” said Layali Al Mulla, Director of Buildings Department.
As per Circular No. 222, the green building rating is split into four major classifications: platinum, gold, silver and bronze, in descending order.
The general requirements or the bronze requirements are mandatory for private residential villas and industrial buildings, while the silver requirements are mandatory for the investment villas and public buildings.
The platinum and gold requirements are optional for all types of new buildings.