LEED buildings on the rise in UAE, says green expert

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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