EmiratesGBC invites buildings to become Zero Energy and Zero Carbon certified

Certifications aim to transform the way contractors look at projects from start to finish.

EmiratesGBC chairman Saeed Al Abbar
EmiratesGBC chairman Saeed Al Abbar

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Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has invited stakeholders to submit projects for Zero Energy (ZE) and Zero Carbon (ZC) certification.


In partnership with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the standards were launched as a prelude to the 10th World Green Building Week (23-29 September).

Saeed Al Abbar, EmiratesGBC chairman, said: “Adopting net zero principles is a crucial imperative for the building sector to meet global environmental and climate targets and is a transition we must be on course to achieve in 2030. 

“As part of the Emirates Green Building Council’s Net Zero Centre of Excellence, we conduct research, promote dialogue, build capacity and provide third party certification of Zero Energy and Zero Carbon buildings in the UAE. 

“We urge building developers to be pioneers in the climate change movement and challenge themselves to achieve Zero Energy or Zero Carbon certifications on their projects.”

The certifications aim to transform the way real estate developers, contractors, and other industry stakeholders look at building projects from start to finish.

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The ZE certification requires projects to generate all energy on site without combustion, which allows projects to demonstrate zero energy performance and certify that the building is operating at zero energy by harnessing renewable sources to produce net annual energy demand.

The ZC certification, meanwhile, necessitates that all the operational energy use associated with the project be offset by new on or off-site renewable energy.

In addition, all carbon emissions impacts associated with the construction and materials of the project must be disclosed and offset.

Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, said: “We are thrilled to see the growing demand for zero energy and zero carbon buildings in the UAE and around the world.

“Through our partnership with EmiratesGBC, we are able to provide a clear pathway for project teams, and the support needed to develop zero energy and zero carbon buildings.

“Each new project creates a ripple of change, showing others what’s possible and helping to create a world full of buildings designed to fight climate change.”

The first 10 pilot projects in the UAE that apply for certifications will receive 50% deduction on the registration and the certifications fees.

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