The Adoption of Building Environmental Performance Assessment Methods in the UAE Built Environment

Amna Shibeika, Batoul Hittini, Tasneem Abdel Raheem

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Abstract

Current research in sustainable development of the built environment acknowledge the role of building environmental sustainability assessment methods as market changers for sustainable buildings’ design and construction. While most of the existing studies are focused either on developing and comparing assessment methods, or on assessment methods’ performance outcomes, this research addresses how assessment methods are adopted in practice. To address this, a pilot study was designed with desktop study of literature and regulation documents, as well as 7 guided in-depth interviews with 8 professionals engaged with assessment methods in the UAE. While, the spread of sustainable design and construction practices is motivated by mandating the assessment methods for all projects, but, with various rating requirements for government and private development projects, the analysis has revealed the continuous development of communication channels for the spread of sustainable design and construction practices between the regulative bodies with: (a) clients through raising awareness activities, (b) projects professionals through training and technical support, and (c) suppliers of sustainable systems and products through quality assurance and certification procedures. Finally, the paper discusses these findings and outlines possible impact on theory, policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 10th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management, EPPM 2019
EditorsKriengsak Panuwatwanich, Chien-Ho Ko
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages33-41
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9789811519093
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event10th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management, EPPM 2019 - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Sep 2 2019Sep 4 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364

Conference

Conference10th International Conference on Engineering, Project, and Production Management, EPPM 2019
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityBerlin
Period9/2/199/4/19

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Building assessment
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • UAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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