During its participation in COP28 UAE, the Abu Dhabi Housing Authority (ADHA) launched circular house guidelines based on principles of the UAE Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031, supporting the UAE's sustainability goals, green economy and environmental conservation.
The guidelines were launched during the workshop held by ADHA at the House of Sustainability in Expo City Dubai, in the presence of key stakeholders from the government sector and NGOs, academics, engineers, real estate developers, contractors, and suppliers.
The guidelines establish the standards and requirements for the construction of government housing projects in Abu Dhabi, in accordance with leading practices in the field of building and construction, with a focus on sustainability, efficient use of resources and environmental conservation, and in line with the UAE's Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031.
His Excellency Hamad Hareb AlMuhairi, Director General of ADHA, said: "In line with the UAE Circular Economy Policy 2021-2031, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority has developed guidelines for circular houses for national housing, as well as tools for optimising the use of resources in the construction process while reducing waste and pollution resulting there from."
"Abu Dhabi Housing Authority has been keen to develop guidelines for circular houses as part of the government residential communities implemented by the authority in all regions of the emirate."
The guidelines aim to contribute to promoting healthy lifestyles for UAE Nationals while achieving sustainability. The guidelines will provide guidance to entities concerned with the design and implementation of national housing projects, including consulting companies, real estate contractors, waste management companies, in order to adopt sustainability standards when implementing future projects.
The guidelines focus on optimising the use of natural resources, providing guidance regarding the design of houses by using sustainable materials, reducing pollution and waste and minimising greenhouse gas emissions.