UAE a leader in green building, says US trade body
26 July, 2015
The UAE has been named as one of the top 10 markets for green building space by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC, a not-for profit organisation, oversees the Leed (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system. It says that the UAE has the eighth-largest stock of Leed-certified buildings outside the US at 3.1 million square metres. Moreover, in terms of the number of Leed-certified and registered projects, the UAE is fifth internationally with 990 projects. “The UAE has become an increasingly important centre for the global green building movement, a development that will help provide greater environmental health and increased economic opportunity for its citizens and will hopefully help to inspire a robust green building market throughout the Middle East,” said Rick Federizzi, the chief executive of USGBC.