Middle East developers urged to follow green building codes
|Sunday, 05 October 2008|
Public and private developments in the Middle East should adopt the latest green building codes as a matter of course, not least because they can save costs, it is claimed.
Compliance with eco-friendly directives can increase the performance of structures by more than 30% and improves the physical environment, occupant productivity and life cycle costs of the building, points out one developer.
AAKAR Marjan Island LLC, a luxury community developer in the Middle East, said it wants to transform the way conventional methods in the real estate industry and it is urging others to do the same.
It is implementing a sustainable design approach for the construction of its luxury hotel and residential development on the Al Marjan Island project in Ras Al Khaimah. It will also take serious measures to conserve energy and water resources during the design of its maiden project.
'Amidst the booming calls of environmental awareness, it is not surprising that investors and end-users are now more attuned to the benefits of green building codes,' said Yadvinder Singh, CEO/President, AAKAR Marjan Island.
'Our effort to implement sustainability is aimed at achieving investor appreciation while reaping the rewards of managing a high-performance structure. We are proud to be one of the first to adopt this massive environmental directive in Ras Al Khaimah, and we hope that this will start a trend among other private and public organisations in the emirate,' he added.
The company believes that with a landscape that comprises fertile agricultural plains, the coast, the desert and the mountains, it is essential for developers building within Ras Al Khaimah to adopt measures that will ensure the protection of the natural resources.
By incorporating excellent practices that result in environmental protection, energy efficiency, water conservation and possible usage of renewable energy, AAKAR Marjan Island aims to introduce a modern luxury residential and commercial development without compromising the water and air quality, and the ecosystems in the emirate.
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