Abu Dhabi City Municipality Starts Implementation of Smart Building Indicator

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Published March 12th, 2018 - 11:22 GMT
ADM has held an induction workshop about the Smart Building Indicator.
ADM has held an induction workshop about the Smart Building Indicator.

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality has started the implementation of the Smart Building Indicator through using cutting-edge technologies. The indicator is part of the national programme for improving the productivity of the Federal Demographic Council; which aims at increasing productivity and reducing the reliance on semi-skilled workers with limited valued added. It aspires to migrate to the knowledge-based economy driven by skilled workforce and technology led by Emirati cadres.

Under this context, the Abu Dhabi City Municipality, in collaboration with the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities and Al Dhafra Municipality, has held an induction workshop about the Smart Building Indicator. The event targeted engineering consultancy offices operating in Abu Dhabi to brief them about the principles, objectives, applications and process of the Indicator, and how to apply it in supporting the engineering concepts of construction projects.

Indicator Calculation Page

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality – Building Permits Division has presented a paper highlighting the process of calculating the Smart Building Indicator page. The page automatically calculates the smart building process of the project based on pre-fixed standards complemented in the page. These standards are derived from the global standards applied in a host of leading countries in this regard.

The Building Permits Division states that the Indicator’s Page comprises of three sections: The first part relates to the structure of the building, which consists of load elements, and roof; to which 50 points are allocated. The more smart construction systems are used, the more is the saving in effort and labour; which increases the building indicator. For instance, in case of using construction walls with precast pillars and roof in buildings, the resulting indicator of this part will be equal to the full grade (50). In case of using roof fully made at site, the indicator’s result might drop to 25 points.

The second part of the Indicator is related to the interior and exterior walls of the building to which 40 points are allocated, and the Indicator operates in the same manner. The use of readymade partitions made of light materials such as glass and gypsum, or even concrete, which do not require any effort to prepare them at the site, will lead to higher results compared to the use of block walls, for example.

As regards the third portion, it consists of 10 points and is concerned with the use of repeated models. It relates to the architectural aspects of the building such as doors and windows opening, pillars, stairs, and measurements of bathrooms. If is possible to use precast repeated layouts by as much as 80-90%, the indicator will rise to 10 points compared with the models that contain no repeated layouts.

The Page compiles the result from the three parts to give the total result of the Building Indicator.

Building Indicator ... Objectives and Processes

The Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities presented a paper to the Workshop covering key principles, objectives of the building indicator. The system has specific stipulations during the design phase using modern building techniques to raise the quality & safety levels as well as the speed of completing buildings. The Federal Demographic Council has approved the deliverables of the Technical Committee of the Building Efficiency Project. The move is taken in implementation of the Decision of the Cabinet to develop a general building indicator for the UAE as part of proposals submitted by the Federal Demographic Council to the Cabinet.

As for the objectives of the Indicator, the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities reports that the Indicator has been developed to foster a culture of using modern building techniques and standards for designing buildings. It aims at reducing the need for semi-skilled workers at construction sites and raising the productivity of building projects though encouraging the use of modern building techniques. Such a process will reduce the need for workers at construction sites (structures and walls phase), raising quality and safety, and speeding up the project completion.

The Department tackled the technical indicators includes three standards for designing the building structures such as pillars, roof and walls, as well as standardising some constructional standards.

The Smart Building Indicator aims to adopt building standards in design to facilitate the construction process and raise productivity levels by using off-site pre-installation, on-site installation with a small number of labours.

The Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities gave examples of positive practices that enhance the efficiency of the construction process such as the use of prefabricated stairs, prefabricated bathrooms, glass facades, dry partitions, prefabricated walls, and temporary partition walls.

The paper showed the effects of the efficiency of building design according to the key performance indicators of the construction projects. The numerous studies have shown the positive impact of applying the principles of Smart Building Indicator on the levels of production, cost, time and labour numbers.

The Urban Planning Department has also reviewed the efficiency indicator of the building design, noting that it consists of 100 points including three elements:

  1. The efficiency of the structural system design consists of 50 points, including prefabricated concrete systems and prefabricated cages. For example, the prefabricated concrete system (ready-made or full-walled), roof system (prefabricated metal roofs or prefabricated tiles).
  2. The efficiency of the wall system design consists of 40 points, including prefabricated walls and prefabricated steel stairs, prefabricated pillars. For example, prefabricated reinforced concrete wall (with tiles or stone, finishes).
  3. The efficiency of the other building design characteristics consists of 10 points, including pre-construction characteristics such as standardisation of columns, beams, windows, doors and networks. In addition to the usage of precast components. For example, the standardisation of measurements (columns, windows, doors, stairs).  Take into account the repetition (in high floors, the design of each floor), additional things such as integrated units of construction (prefabricated bathrooms).

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