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Dubai is taking radical steps to ensure the city maintains its leading-edge reputation for sustainability.
This after Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, unveiled details of a tough new smart checking system, an emirate-wide move to using green concrete and the Desert Rose, which is a Dh20-billion Emirati housing development built around sustainable principles.
Lootah revealed the Municipality’s plans at last week’s The Big 5 event, where he served as keynote speaker of the two-day Sustainable Design and Construction Conference.
“We already have the best standard of construction and materials in the region,” he said. “Our Green Building Regulations Guide has 79 chapters, and we are working through these chapters to implement all of the directives.”
Lootah said three years ago, the Municipality decided to implement green concrete, which is produced without releasing or creating carbon dioxide, after examining a number of materials in the market. The government will now compel all developers to use green concrete for all their projects by next year.
He also said the Municipality has implemented three quick fix sustainable solutions in buildings: insulation, solar heating and installing LED lighting. Lootah further revealed that his department is currently concentrating on issues surrounding electricity, water and waste.
Another initiative discussed was the launch of a smart online checking system for project proposals.
“Consultants are busy people, so we are launching a new Business Information Management system to come between the end user and the Municipality via the internet,” he said. “Quite often we will reject a proposal due to it not fulfilling the sustainability criteria, and the consultants often simply blame the Municipality rather than revealing to clients their own omissions.”
Consultants must now log in and tick off a number of criteria before a proposal is submitted to the Municipality for approval.
“We had to find a better system, so now consultants cannot log their project details unless everything is correct,” he said. “This makes the process easier for the Municipality [by] streamlining applications, and will stop consultants from incorrectly apportioning blame.”
With the expected construction boom leading to the World Expo 2020, the Municipality chief expects a huge influx of new materials and technologies into Dubai. He says the government is prepared for the big challenge.
“We have the largest laboratory in the region, ready to check if new materials and technologies are sustainable,” he said. “We are open to check any material and happy to check if it fulfils our sustainability criteria.”
Source: Property Weekly