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Here is one of those random facts that is going to make you sit up and pay attention – 40% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions come from our homes. Yes, that is right. We are to blame not just as a species but at a closer, more personal individual level. Our homes are the biggest polluters on earth. Keeping this in mind, it is no surprise that more and more builders are looking at creating buildings and communities that are more eco-friendly and which will leave a smaller carbon footprint on our planet.
More new buildings are going green and are looking at obtaining a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating and certification. In Abu Dhabi, the Estidama rating system, which ensures the green performance of buildings and communities throughout the design, construction and post-occupancy phases, has been established, and it is mandatory for all buildings to comply with regulations and obtain a rating of at least one ‘pearl’ symbol. The system is designed to ensure the green performance of buildings and communities.
A prime example of sustainable, eco-friendly living is Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. It is an emerging development that describes itself as “low-carbon and low-waste.” Its innovative design has made it a model for sustainable urban development at a global level.
The Al Barari development in Dubai is another venture that aims at “green” development. It has devoted 80% of its space to greenery, making it one of the lowest density developments in the region. Its water management system ensures that the water needed to maintain this vast green space is easily obtained without straining the nation’s resources. Al Barari also uses energy-efficient home systems, and an underground waste system that separates organic from inorganic waste, thus encouraging residents to recycle.
Some developers are also set to build communities that are green including the Dubai Sustainable City. It will include a green belt with 20,000 trees and a 5,000-square-foot long water canal, a 600,000-square-foot solar park, and a water management system.
Going forward, it can be said with absolute confidence that no development plan will be approved unless its plans are green and sustainable.
• More new projects are looking at obtaining a LEED rating and certification
• The Al Barari development has devoted 80% of its space to lush greenery
• Masdar City has become a sustainable urban project model at global level
Source: Binu Sivan, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer