UAE among top 10 countries for LEED Green Building
The UAE led the Middle Eastern countries in green building applications, according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) international rankings of the top 10 countries for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2015, the world’s most widely used and recognised green building rating system. ”The UAE has had strong green building years, it increased its total amount of LEED-certified space by 72 percent over last year, and climbed from ninth place overall in 2014 to eighth overall in 2015,” the USGBC said, noting that the UAE ranked ahead of Turkey and Sweden. The total GSM of LEED-certified and registered space of the UAE is 53.44 million and with the total number of LEED-certified and registered projects at 910.
Commenting on the global landmark milestone, Abdullah Al Muaini, Director-General of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), said: ”This new achievement is a fruit of the long-term national initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in 2012 to build a green economy in the UAE under the slogan, ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development.”
The new strategy aims to establish the UAE as a world leader in green economy and a centre for export and re-export of products and green technologies.