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Dubai Municipality Prepares To Implement ’Al Safat’ System Next September
(20 July 2016)


Within the framework of efforts of the Building Department at Dubai Municipality to raise awareness of all people interested in the green building requirements and the green building rating system "Al Safat", the department organised a group of introductory seminars and awareness lectures to train consultants and contractors and raise their awareness on the requirements and importance of the system.

In addition, to illustrate its technical and material advantages to buildings' owners and operators in order to prepare for the implementation of the system, which will come into effect on the first of September.

Khalid Mohammad Saleh, Director of the Building Department, said, "These workshops are held to rate the given list of the green building system in the Emirate of Dubai, "Al Safat", in accordance with the initiative of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to preserve natural sources and the environment, create a healthy and secure environment for the community according to the highest international standards, translate the devotion of the Emirate of Dubai to its environment as well as the health and happiness of its population and enhance its competitive role globally in all fields in conformity with the strategies of the Government of Dubai.

"The implementation of "Al Safat" standards will strengthen the competitive leadership and command of Dubai and create investment opportunities and new markets that will boost the economy of the emirate."

Saleh added that Al Safat system aims in its first stages to implement the strategic plan of Dubai Municipality by 2021 to make the municipality an international benchmark for developing Dubai as the most important sustainable and smart city in the world. Dubai Municipality launched early this year its sixth strategic plan (2016-2021) which aims to meet the targets of Dubai 2021 Plan.

The new system, "Al Safat", applies to all types of residential, commercial, industrial buildings and other facilities in the emirate. There are four classifications of "Al Safat": bronze safa, silver safa, gold safa and platinum safa. The application of the bronze safa standards is mandatory for all building owners, investors and developers. Those parties are encouraged to apply and enforce more of those standards to earn additional advanced ratings. The standards of the various said categories achieve the reduction of carbon level, energy savings, the requirements of healthy interior environment and smart application, the requirements of innovation and the prolongation of the life cycle of the building to secure a maximum level of adaptation to surrounding environment.

Saleh stressed that "Al Safat" consolidates, in relation to buildings, standards and practices that will come to effect throughout the life cycle of the building, on the basis of the enhancement of efficiency, the reduction of energy and water consumption, the use of environmentally friendly materials, the exploitation of the resources of renewable energy and alternative energy.

Moreover, to the construction of buildings through designs, methods and means which will reduce the harmful effects in terms of health and the environment in general. After the application of "Al Safat" standards, the savings on the consumption of energy will reach 34 per cent in comparison with what the buildings currently consume.

The system is also a supplement to the project of green buildings having the following objectives: Savings on electricity consumption by 20 per cent, savings on water consumption by 15 per cent, reducing waste by 50 per cent and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent. It is worth mentioning that more than ninety per cent of the buildings of the Emirate of Dubai comply with the list of conditions and standards of green buildings. The preliminary cost will only increase by 5 per cent upon the application of those standards. The Building Department in Dubai Municipality granted 17,438 building permits of a total area of 187,723,308sq.ft. from the first of March 2014 to the thirtieth of June 2016.

The carbon dioxide emissions that will be reduced within the next five years amount to 7.3 million tons, which is equal to the contribution resulting from planting 36 million trees, i.e. forty times the size of Zabeel Park.

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