Sustainable is seemingly the buzzword across industries, with the concept having spilt over onto the UAE’s construction industry as well. Dubai was awarded the ‘platinum rating’ in the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Cities certification by the US Green Building Council in 2019.

While sustainable construction is the wider goal – and the nation is evidently on the right track – it is crucial elements such as ‘green’ construction materials, renewable technologies, adequate insulation, and efficient energy usage that pave the way.

With preservation of the natural landscape at the centre of their efforts, key construction leaders are consciously seeking alternatives such as wood and steel, rather than using conventional base material such as concrete comprising of Portland cement. Another alternative is to find sustainable solutions or an equivalent to the existing material.

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