ُEnergy efficient buildings top local and global agenda
Emirates Green Building Council partners with Department of Municipal Affairs to promote new initiatives to create better, more energy efficient buildings
Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) and the Department of Municipal Affairs Abu Dhabi (DMA) are highlighting the importance of energy saving building practices in the UAE to mark the inaugural World Green Building Day on September 26.
The World Green Building Council and its member green building councils have established a global awareness week to raise the profile of green buildings in the lead up to COP15 in Copenhagen. More than 18 countries with green building councils, including the UAE, are participating.
Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) is using the occasion to strengthen its mission of spreading awareness and involving stakeholders in promoting the benefits of Green Buildings. EGBC has partnered with Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) which is planning to launch new regulation to bring ‘safer, better, more energy efficient’ buildings to the emirate.
This is the first World Green Building Week and the DMA is proud to be working with international partners such as the International Codes Council and the Department of Energy in the US to establish best practice building regulation here in Abu Dhabi.
The DMA is currently working towards holding local awareness events to get the message across that new regulation will create better, more energy efficient buildings. The DMA will continue to work closely with its partners such as the EGBC, Urban Planning Council, The Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi and public and private sector stakeholders to achieve this goal.
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, buildings consume between 30-40% of global energy. There is no single larger global contributor – and thereby potential reducer – of carbon than the building sector.
Green buildings can also play a central role in providing affordable housing, job creation and disaster recovery, according to a new report from the World Green Building Council launched on 20 September 2010 at the start of World Green Building Week. The building sector directly employs 5-10% of the workforce in most countries, and this sector represents a much higher proportion in the UAE.
Tackling Global Climate Change, Meeting Local Priorities highlights how green buildings can play a valuable role in meeting local needs worldwide, including in areas hit by natural disasters, as well as providing the most cost-effective way of tackling climate change.
The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) commenced operations in May 2007, following the Abu Dhabi Executive Council’s decision to integrate the Emirate’s municipal system. As a new government entity, the Department of Municipal Affairs was created to lead, coordinate and oversee three municipalities in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region. The DMA has a regulatory role while the service delivery and operations are at the municipality level.
On the 5th of May 2008, the Department of Municipal Affairs along with the Abu Dhabi Municipality, Al Ain Municipality and Western Region Municipality embarked upon a new municipal services journey, with the signing of the historic Municipal Charter which aligns the DMA and three municipalities towards greater collaboration and cooperation.
ABOUT EMIRATES GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
The Emirates Green Building Council was founded in July 2006, and became the 8th full member of the World Green Building Council in September 2006.
EGBC is a not for profit industry body that promotes and educates on green issues in the built environment and are the official body for the UAE endorsed by the World Green Building Council. The EGBC currently has around 260 members in the UAE which represents 1000’s of individuals interested and involved in Green Building in the UAE and the region. In addition EGBC members receive discounts on a number of programmes such as training, certification and green building events.
There are numerous benefits to EGBC membership including being involved in the forefront of Green Building in the UAE this includes;
o access to the latest information on all aspects of green building
o exchange of ideas with a broad range of disciplines and in-depth interaction with experts in the field
o the opportunity to be involved in the EGBC committees and working groups
o to learn and receive the best education and resources on green building
o invitations to networking and social events
o use of the EGBC logo for your company
ABOUT WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
The World Green Building Council is a network of national green building councils from around the world, making it the largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace.
Green building councils are member-based organizations that partner with industry and government in the transformation of their building industries towards sustainability through the adoption of green building practices. On the ground in over 80 countries, GBCs create change in their local markets as a way to globalize environmentally and socially responsible building practices.
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