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UAE: Green Buildings Certification and Impact on Solar Technology Deployment

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 1, 2015
Green Building RatingThe countries in the Gulf region have taken the path of mandatory green building certifications instead of solar building obligations, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leading the ranking on the highest number of green buildings: 823 of an overall 1,281 green premises in the Gulf nations are located in the UAE. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman follow far behind. The ranking is based on information from online database www.usgbc.org/projects, which includes 80,917 premises certified according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed in the USA. The global database is managed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and shows that the other Gulf countries – e.g., Bahrain, Yemen and Kuwait – only have 15 buildings altogether. The country with the largest share of highly ranked buildings with Silver, Gold or Platinum is Saudi Arabia, where green headquarters seem to provide a great PR boost for companies and institutions. 
Source: USGBC
 

Abu Dhabi: IRENA´s Headquarters Become First 4 Pearl Office Building

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on March 1, 2015
IRENA HeadquaterThe future headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) represent the first office building in Abu Dhabi to be awarded the 4-Pearl Estidama Construction Rating Certificate. According to the Estidama website, the 2010 rating system was the first building certification code to be adopted in the Middle East. Estidama, which means sustainability in Arabic, was implemented by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and aims at “creating more sustainable communities, cities and global enterprises”. In addition to low energy and water consumption, credit points are given for an integrated planning process, as well as ecological building materials and an innovative building design. IRENA’s new headquarters achieved 115 points above mandatory and therefore gained the 4 Pearl rating. 
Photo: Irena
 

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