Green Building Regulations and Specifications, 2010

United Arab Emirates Current 2011

The Green Building Regulations were issued by Dubai Municipality in 2011. They were mandatory for government bodies and optional for private developers.  Following the publication of Dubai Municipality Circular No. (198) of 2014, the Regulations are also mandatory for all private developments with effect from March 2014. The purpose of the regulations is to improve the performance of buildings in Dubai by reducing the consumption of energy, water and materials, improving public health, safety and general welfare and by enhancing the planning, design, construction and operation of buildings. The regulations were written as a code listing green features and a methodology that need to be met in the design stage and implemented in the construction stage. The Regulations and Specifications is not a rating system. The code must be met through the design stage and verified at submission for building permit. Later when the construction has implemented the foreseen green features, the project must report proof of compliance on forms provided by the authorities to verify that all green features have been implemented.



Industry sectors covered by the instrument

All/none specified

Organizations covered by the instrument

All organizations

Issuer type

Dubai Municipality

Type of instrument

Code of conduct or guideline

Mandatory or voluntary


The geographical scope


Project Partners