Building Regulations


At the current economic pace, Dubai is expected to continue its aggressive growth path, making buildings one of the key contributors to energy consumption.

To reduce energy consumption, the Dubai Municipality introduced the Dubai Green Building Regulations (DGBR) aiming to protect the environment, its natural resources and to ensure the health and welfare of citizens. DGBR was made mandatory for government buildings in January 2011. In March 2014, after testing the regulation across more than 40 government buildings, the code was made mandatory for all buildings. DGBR requirements are accompanied by a reasonable and controlled increment in costs; however future plans aim to completely prevent any additional costs

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The program aims to ensure full adoption of the Dubai Green Building Regulations (DGBR) and to gradually introduce more stringent energy efficiency regulations. In addition, the program strives for harmonization of the Green Building Codes in Dubai, to ensure that new developments across all areas of Dubai bring incremental levels of efficiency.

Key Initiatives

Updates to the DGBR 2010, to promote energy efficiency and account for new technologies while ensuring cost effectiveness for the real estate sector

Introduction of a building labelling scheme for buildings to incentivize further efficiency investments

Introduction of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in Dubai

Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) are buildings that have a very high energy performance and the low amount of energy that these buildings require comes mostly from renewable energy sources. nZEB represent the next paradigm in sustainable buildings and provide the stepping stone between current practices of green building codes and rating systems and the eventual adoption of net zero or positive energy buildings, which will ultimately need to become mainstream in order to achieve the Paris COP21 climate change objectives of decarbonizing the global economy


Key Facts

Highest impact program, contributing ~30% of DSM savings with minimal cost implications of up to 5%

At the end of 2015, Dubai had already constructed over 400 buildings according DGBR requirements with a massive pipeline of new construction which has been permitted in compliance with the new code