LEED buildings on the rise in UAE, says green expert

According to the founder of the Emirates Green Building Council, the UAE is seeing a higher percentage of green buildings than before the economic crisis.

The UAE now has a total of 44 projects that are certified in the LEED green building rating system.

Speaking to Middle East Architect, on the sidelines of the Green Build Congress, Mario Seneviratne, said: “I think a higher percentage of buildings are going LEED than before the crisis. LEED is a performance based rating system. It adds value to a building, and as a result you can see that it improves the quality.”

He continued: “In 2008 we saw a decline in the construction industry and we also saw a decline in the green building industry. If there are no buildings being made then there will be no green buildings. But since then, we’ve seen a steady increase in the green building movement.

“In Dubai, most of the commercial interior fit-outs are going LEED. We’ve also seen that many new constructions are also going LEED.”

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