Implementing green design initiatives in the UAE

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The drive for more sustainable built environment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) received a significant boost in the period 2006-2008 supported by new legislations from the government and increased interest from major stakeholder especially municipalities. The absence of locally developed frameworks for evaluating sustainable design of buildings has created opportunities for the introduction of foreign ones. LEED has become popular in industry and has even influenced the current attempts to develop a local framework. The paper will report the findings of a research that, first, evaluated the effectiveness of LEED framework in dealing with local issues. Secondly the paper will examine two case studies where LEED was used in only one of them while both cases aimed to ensure the project development is sustainable. The analysis shows that “responsible design” produced more effective solutions for sustainability.


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