The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has unveiled a new set of guidelines to regulate building standards for achieving efficiency in the use of electricity, as part of a green building initiative.
The stage II regulations have been developed together with the Dubai Municipality and includes guidelines to achieve efficiency in the use of electricity, water and renewable energy and reduce green house emissions by 40%.
Under the new regulations, all new buildings will have to comply with the codes and incorporate them in their construction designs, according to ameinfo.com.
DEWA managing director and CEO HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said Dubai was the first city in the Middle East to apply the green buildings standards to its residential and commercial buildings.
"The Infrastructure, Land and Environment Committee has also approved the launch of the regulations," he said.