Well Building Certification is among the green building regulations that is increasingly being adopted by Dubai's construction community, an expert told Construction Week.
Dalia Wagdi, sustainability consultant at UAE-headquartered multidisciplinary consultancy, AESG, said the growing uptake of Well Building Certification points to changing design trends in the UAE, as well as the success of local government mandates aimed at improving environmental efficiency.
"With increased demand to comply with new green building rating systems such as LEED, Estidama, and Dubai Green Building Regulations, consultants and contractors are becoming more aware of risks [related to volatile organic compounds (VOCs)], and the types of products that comply with these requirements," Wagdi told Construction Week.
"It is expected that the regional market will cater to [sustainability] requirements, and include a wider variety of materials that comply with these standards.
"The growing uptake of Well Certification [...] indicates that this [trend] will continue through 2018," Wagdi added.
AESG’s portfolio in the sustainability sector includes the provision of Well Building Certification for Cigna’s local offices, as well as LEED’s Building Design + Construction (BD+C) certification for Dubai’s Gate Village and ICD Brookfield Place projects.
Wagdi said that increasing awareness about green building rating systems and healthy building designs would expand the region’s options for construction materials in 2018.
"Some products, including low-VOC paints and coatings, are easily available in the Gulf, while other products, such as furniture and some types of flooring, are not widely available, or may be available at higher costs," she explained.
"In accordance with the Dubai Green Building Regulations, it is mandatory to procure low-VOC paints, coatings, adhesives, and sealants that have been tested and approved by Dubai Central Lab."