UAE Capital’s Construction Standards will Make Buildings to be Safest in the World

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The new Abu Dhabi International Building Code will assure UAE’s capital city buildings UAE Capital’s Construction Standards will Make Buildings to be Safest in the Worldamong the safest and most environment-friendly in the world.
This tougher construction regulation will be enforced starting October 2014 for all government projects. This will also place Abu Dhabi to construction standards on a par with any developed nation in the world.
According to a Chief Executive Officer of an international consultants company in architectural design and construction management, this initiative of the city is a significant step for progress toward determining the emirate as a leading government in the world. “I am sure there may be some groans about additional layers of requirements in our industry, but one only needs to remember recent tragedies in the GCC that an enforced building code could have prevented. The awful fire at Villagio shopping mall in Qatar and children falling from windows in older apartment blocks in the UAE are two that linger in my mind”, he added.
The new standards are distinct from the Estidama green building rating system, which was developed by the Urban Planning Council and made compulsory in November 2010.
However, enforcement of the law and consequences for those found flouting it have been underlined.
“This will require not only reviews of the project plans during design phases before the building permit is issued, but also site visits by building inspectors during construction with negative repercussions such as fines and delays to occupancy for those who do not follow the code requirements through completion of construction.”
Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs said that the city’s construction standards will improve and guarantees best practices as the new rules were based on the International Code Council standards.
The code consists of six parts, each of which has been adapted from international codes to address the emirate’s requirements. They cover construction, energy conservation, fuel gas, mechanics, sewage disposal and property maintenance.
No deadline has been set for requiring private companies to implement the new code, but the department said it hoped they would do so in time.