New Dubai building code aims to limit glass on facades

Dubai: A federal green building code that will limit glass to 60 per cent on external facades of Dubai's structures will be implemented in 2014, according to Dubai Municipality.

Eisa Al Maidoor, Assistant Director-General for Planning and Building Affairs, Dubai Municipality, said the code, which was approved by the Executive Council in August, is not a ratings system but a law that all buildings will have to follow before being issued a building permit.

In three years all buildings will have to show it comply with the Dubai Municipality building code which includes regulations on glass, water and waste management, said Al Maidoor during the EnviroCities 2010 conference yesterday, which concludes today.

Buildings that have more than 60 per cent glass will need to provide shade for it, added Al Maidoor.

"The next three years are a trial period to make sure we have enough materials and the code does not affect the market. We thought about making this transition period just one year but decided it was too short," he said.

Government buildings will have to meet the criteria from the beginning of next year said Dr Rashid Bin Fahd, UAE Minister of Environment and Water in his opening address.

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