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Dubai to have mandatory green building rules
BY A STAFF REPORTER March 15, 2013
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DUBAI: The Building Department of Dubai Municipality (DM) has intensified its efforts in providing educating and training in the field of green building under the slogan ‘Be Educated on Green Buildings’.

This comes as the date when mandatory green building rules and regulations on all buildings come nearer, going into effect in 2014. Currently, it is optional for private buildings.

Eng. Yusuf Abdullah, Acting Director of Buildings Department said that the awareness and educational programme designed by the department includes a number of activities such as training courses, seminars, exhibitions, publications and advertisements in all means of media targeting all categories of the society from consultants, contractors, suppliers, manufactures and developers. The programme also contains special activities for public and students.

Eng. Abdullah Al Shezavi, Head of Rehabilitation and Building Studies Section, said we had started the programme with a seminar and exhibition under the title ‘My Green Environment’ held in January, aimed at introducing the public about the methods and procedures of building their own houses in a sustainable way as well as to encourage them towards the green building considering its environmental benefits.

The department also participated in Middle East Electricity 2013 held during Feb.17-19 showcasing the efforts of the department along with the green building rules and specifications in place in the emirate, in addition to a number of green products including the solar water heaters that became mandatory in all buildings in Dubai according to a new decision.

Moreover, the department participated in ME Green Energy 2013 held in 18 February 2013 with the presentation of Eng. Abdullah Rafia, Assistant Director General highlighting the efforts of DM in the field of sustainable development and use of green energy.

A monthly seminar on this topic has been conducted in the city hall of Dubai Municipality which is updated on DM website.

The green building rules and specifications are now made available on DM website and the public can contact and interact with DM in this regard through the website and email :

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