Economically designing buildings that are zero waste, with an insight to UAE’s green building practices

Sustainable Architecture is planning a project ahead considering the factors of time and resources needed to make the construction completely reusable, from space to materials; while simultaneously recognizing the consumer’s requests (Garofalo, n.d.). Being one of the fastest-growing trends in the built environment, sustainable architecture understands ecological awareness by binding its functionality with the environment via its appearance. It primarily focuses on effective usage of energy by providing first-rate insulation and passive building coolers and implementing various alternative energy sources. Alongside economically saving the environment, it also ensures that design does not get compromised by the emphasis on energy conservation using natural materials and alternate energy sources (SH Architecture, 2016). 

Sustainability in architecture considers the orientation, shading, natural ventilation, sunlight provided by pre-existing elements and use of solar energy and other renewable systems and designing around these factors to provide a greener, wholistic approach to meeting modern building needs. The simplest tactic to sustainability in architecture is to recycle almost everything being used. The elements and materials used should be easy to recover and reuse, without causing any pollution to the environment. The misconception with many architects is that each material can have only one purpose and function, but innovative methods of exploiting the materials starting from the design phase of a new project or during demolition can allow the materials to be recycled and reused through careful planning (Garofalo, n.d.)

Within the countries in the GCC sustainability has become the focus of the building sector. In the United Arab Emirates, the Local and Federal Governments have established a sustainable economy that promotes effective usage of energy and water. With clearly laid-out guidelines the UAE’s primary aim has become developing strategies and practices to upsurge green buildings. Through government support and environmentally conscious private sectors the UAE has been able to fully embrace the potential of sustainable architecture. By 2021, the country aims to treat 75 per cent of all waste generated during construction. This encourages other countries in the region to promote sustainability in architecture (Abbar, 2019). 




Abbar, S. A. (2019, February 27). Green Building Sector in the UAE: Perspectives. Retrieved from ecomena.org: https://www.ecomena.org/green-building-uae/

Garofalo, F. (n.d.). What is sustainable architecture: definition, concept and famous examples. Retrieved June 23, 2019, from lifegate.com: https://www.lifegate.com/people/lifestyle/sustainable-architecture-definition-concept-projects-examples

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Yasmeen Alkandari At 04:42 AM On July 10, 2019

"...sustainable architecture understands ecological awareness by binding its functionality with the environment via its appearance" couldn't agree more with this! Very nicely put together. Looking forward to read more of your articles :)

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