On October 24, 2007, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum declared that all new buildings in Dubai have to be up to LEED certification standard. Dubai World, a holding company that owns ports operators and real estate companies, has a branch called Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) that is creating a new certification system tailored to the Middle East that will come out in 2010. In the meantime, they are going by LEED standards for just below a silver rating.
Still, as greenbuildingelements.com points out in its “10 Dumbest Green Buildings on Earth” article, just because a building is LEED-certified doesn’t mean that the buildings are good for the environment, with excess like refrigerated beaches and 60% of the Dubai’s energy expenses going to air conditioning. (http://www.greenprophet.com/2009/01/06/5749/dubai-refrigerated-beach/)
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