Emirates Green Building Council & Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to benchmark 100 buildings through BEA programme

Tuesday 14th March 2017


Emirates Green Building Council and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) are to undertake a ‘Benchmarking Project’ of 100 buildings in Dubai to assess their energy performance, under the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) programme.

Hotels, malls and schools are being invited to participate in the project, which will be the first BEA pilot project in the United Arab Emirates, and will serve as a referral point in driving forward the energy efficiency of buildings in Dubai.

The BEA is a programme under the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All’ (SE4All) initiative, and is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Led by the World Resources Institute and in partnership with the World Green Building Council, a number of Green Building Councils – including EmiratesGBC - are engaging with leading cities to ramp up building efficiency, with the overall goal of doubling the rate of energy efficiency by 2030.

EmiratesGBC is just one of the Green Building Councils to work with governmental authorities such as Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, a member of BEA which has strong expertise in the realm of energy intensity and demand side management.

Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, said: “The Benchmarking Project is a major step towards mapping the energy use efficiency of existing buildings in Dubai. The findings will not only help in undertaking relevant retrofitting measures but will also support policy making in relation to sustainable buildings.”

HE Ahmed Butti Mehairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, said: “The Benchmarking Project that will be undertaken by EmiratesGBC is pioneering in the region, and will provide deep insights on the energy efficiency practices in our buildings. The findings can be leveraged to promote sustainable built environments, promote energy management and suggest recommendations for the building industry to introduce initiatives that can help conserve energy.”

Owners and operators of Dubai hotels, malls and schools which would like to participate in the pilot Benchmarking Project are encouraged to contact EmiratesGBC (BEA@emiratesgbc.org). Click here to read the full EmiratesGBC press release.

For further information on WorldGBC’s role in the BEA programme and how to get involved, visit our webpage.