When will Dubai's green rating system take effect?
Dubai Municipality has released details about Al Safat, a green building rating system due to take effect this year
Starting 1 September, new buildings in Dubai will be rated based on a green building rating recently unveiled by Dubai Municipality.
Structures that do not meet the minimum bronze rating will not be given permits.
Director-general of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, launched Al Safat, a green rating system designed to achieve high sustainable performance.
Al Safat's implementation can reduce energy consumption by 34%, municipality officials are reported to have said.
The system, applicable to all types of buildings, is part of Dubai's sustainable city goals for 2021.
According to Gulf News, the rating is "split into four classifications: platinum, gold, silver and bronze (in descending order) and every building must adhere to the minimum bronze category requirements".
More than 90% of the buildings built in Dubai after 2001 meet Al Safat's bronze certification requirements, an official reportedly said.
Higher ratings are optional, the report added.
All upcoming buildings, and those constructed since the Green Building Code's launch in 2014, must adhere to Al Safat.
Higher ratings are optional. This will be applicable to all upcoming buildings and to those built since the mandatory implementation of green building code in Dubai in 2014.
“Meeting requirements for bronze certification is mandatory for all building owners, investors and developers," Lootah said.
"However, all parties are encouraged to apply additional qualifying elements to enhance their rating and benefits to the occupants and environment."