Stress on water use reduction, recycling

DUBAI — An emphasis on water use reduction and recycling will be an important feature of the final green building legislation, an Emirates Green Building Council (GBC) official said.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Fri 27 Jun 2008, 9:49 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 11:19 AM

The Green Building Conference, hosted at the American University of Dubai (AUD), opened on Wednesday with the aim of providing an in-depth look at the 'Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design' (LEED) requirements.

It follows the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for green building legislation.

The initial phase of green building took effect this year and the Emirates GBC is adapting the US green building model of LEED.

Emirates GBC Technical Committee Coordinator Jeff Willis said the LEED would provide international standards and recognition while the modifications would account for the UAE environment.

"There is a prerequisite for water efficiency," he said.

"And the recycled water sector needs to be increased."

Willis said the modified LEED version had been submitted to the US GBC for recognition.

Peter Menche of GTZ, a consultancy based in Abu Dhabi, highlighted the urgency of water management.

"There is an extreme development boom in Abu Dhabi, as in Dubai," he said.

"There will be a need for a significant investment in electricity and drinking water."

It was estimated Abu Dhabi would have a population of 4.2 million by 2032, up from one million now.

One of the company's focus has also been on providing an emergency water solution in case the six desalination plants serving the emirate shut down.

"At the moment the supply only lasts three days," he said.

"There is a strong need for recycling and reuses.

The keynote address was given by Parasu Raman R., founding Vice-Chair of the World Green Building Council, who said the complexity and multiplicity of authorities had inhibited green buildings previously.

A 40 per cent saving could be made in energy, water, waste and materials if green buildings were adopted.

The conference continues today.

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