The UAE will adopt new construction codes based on various international standards early next year as part of an initiative to streamline the process from design to construction.
The Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) will adopt the emirate-wide code for new construction projects only, which should meet the one pearl Estidama rating.
The code will include minimum regulations on energy conservation, fire prevention, plumbing, structural strength, sanitation and maintenance.
The regulations will factor in the emirate's weather and climate-related issues, including heat, high humidity and high soil salinity.
The regulations will also factor in addressing accessibility issues for the disabled residents and are designed to complement the Urban Planning Council's green building plan.
Builders and developers who are not in compliance will be subject to fines and other penalties, according to the thenational.ae.