Sunday, January 18, 2009

Committee formed to implement Green Roofs System in Dubai

Dubai Municipality has formed a temporary committee to oversee the implementation of Green Roofs System in the buildings of Dubai emirate as per the directives of the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
The move is aimed at applying green buildings standards in the emirate as the green roofs will protect the buildings from the environment and climate angle as well as rationalize the use of power.
Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, who issued an Administrative Decision in this regard, said the decision comes at a time when the concept of green buildings gains momentum all over the world.
He said green buildings are considered to be environmentally friendly and provide healthier places to live as well as encourage productivity in work places.
The committee is chaired by Eng. Essa Al Maidour, Assistant Director General for Planning and Buildings Affairs with Ahmed Mohammed AbdulKarim, Director of Public Parks and Horticulture Department, Mohammed Noor Mashroom, Director of General Projects Department, Mohamed Ahmed Saleh, Building Expert in the Buildings Department and Fatima Essa Al Mehairi, Head of Gardening and Landscaping Unit in the General Projects Department as members.
As per the Administrative Decision, the committee can take the help of anybody it finds appropriate with expertise from within the Municipality or outside in implementing the system. It can also appoint a secretary from among the Municipality employees.
The committee shall conduct technical studies for the Green Roofs System for buildings in the emirate of Dubai and define the engineering, building, environmental and horticultural specifications as well as the irrigation and water disposal systems as per the best practices in the world.
The committee shall gradually make implementation of the Green Roofs System compulsory in all buildings in the emirate, whether it is private or government, residential, commercial or industrial as per a time schedule, which will be fulfilled in coordination with the Buildings Department in the Municipality.
An awareness campaign will also be organized through various media to introduce the system. Seminars, lectures and meetings involving different bodies concerned in the construction industry would also be conducted.
The project comes as an implementation and follow up of the Green Buildings project. It also caters to the huge urban expansion witnessed by the city of Dubai, which enhances the heat level of the region. Green roofs are considered to be one of the environment friendly solutions taken up by Dubai Municipality to face the project expansions.
The Municipality has conducted an extensive study that confirmed the success of this project in other countries. Hence, the Municipality decided to apply this excellent concept in protecting the environment and reducing the heat level and cleansing the air from other pollutants.
The Green Buildings project becomes important as it reduces carbon emission and enhances indoor environment and air. It also enhanced the health of the society and increases life expectancy of the buildings as well as protects the eco system.

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