Dubai's Global Ranking For Green Buildings Is Surprising
If you think we (as a city) only brag about having the tallest, the biggest, the first...then that's not true. We're proud about the second, the third and any other spot too (as long as it keeps us in the top ten). And perhaps that's why we're happy hearing that we've been ranked eighth on the list of top ten cities for green building. The white paper, published by management consultancy firm Solidiance, aims to assess and compare the performance of the top ten global cities with regards to green buildings of course. Cities are rated across four categories that are city-wide green building landscape, building efficiency and performance, green building policies and targets, and green city culture and environment. Paris took the top spot followed by Singapore and London.
Dubai is the 8th City in the world for green buildings
Dubai Media Office makes the announcement
Fact: In 2013, Dubai-based outlet The Change Initiative was recorded as the 'most sustainable commercial building in the world'
It secured the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable buildings worldwide. The 4,000-square-metre shop located on Sheikh Zayed Road which provides sustainable solutions achieved 107 points out of 110 to earn that title.
It incorporates all aspects of green building in its space - from the roofing to energy-efficient lighting and its water system. It also has solar panels and heat-reflective paint on its roof that provides 40 percent of the building’s energy requirements.
It isn't the only Dubai building that's green...
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Sustainable Building has scored 98 out of 110 points.
Plus, the city is building the world's largest concentrated solar power plant
Expected to be completed either in late 2020 or 2021, the plant will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by 2020 and 5,000 megawatts by 2030. Located within the Mohammed in Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the plant is part of Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050 - one that will see the emirate generate seven percent of its total power from clean energy by 2020.