The chairman of Emirates Green Building is calling for Dubai’s latest green building codes to be properly policed and enforced to ensure their success.
Saeed Al Abbar, who is also a director of the building consultancy firm AESG Middle East, said that although Dubai’s Municipality has introduced the mandatory ‘Green Building Regulations and Specifications’ upon an estimated 800 designs, it needs to be ensured that these measures make the transition from design to the build phase.
Speaking at Construction Week’s UAE Infrastructure Summit, Al Abbar warned that contractors would continually “cut corners” and as such “policing construction is really the challenge. It will be the make or break for how successful these controls are.”
Al Abbar asserted that without frequent on-site checks for the green building measures, areas that should be covered by the green initiatives can be covered or built over and no longer able to be inspected for compliance.
Under the measures, buildings that require 1MW of power, normally structures larger than 5,000 metres squared, will have to meet minimum energy efficiency standards and ensure that contractors “cannot build leaky buildings anymore”.
Jehan Panthaki, a senior manager at PwC, said that contractors “will have to pick their game up” to ensure that projects meet the new standards, but stated that as all companies have to comply to the same standards, there should be “no competitive disadvantage” for implementing green initiatives.