Dubai's Sustainable City receives delegation from Emirates Green Building Council

The Emirates Green Building Council recently made a special visit to the building site of Sustainable City in Dubai, which is set to open for new residents this year.

The new environmentally friendly development from Diamond Developers will be Dubai’s first fully sustainable community. Progress on the project was observed by management from the independent Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesBGC), which aims to conserve the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices.

“We were honored and delighted to receive representatives from EmiratesGBC at the Sustainable City, as the occasion gave us the chance to showcase the latest developments of our integrated sustainable community,” Diamond Developers CEO Faris Saeed said. “It also opened the floor to discuss potential collaboration opportunities that will benefit the environment and provide Dubai’s citizens with sustainable options to enhance the quality of their lives.”

The EmiratesGBC’s site visit coincided with the start of World Green Building Week 2015, which ran from Sept. 21-27 under the theme "Powering Positive Change." The international week aims to broaden public conversation of the role that buildings play in creating a sustainable future. That awareness initiative has expanded globally since its inception, with organizations across the world now connecting to promote new standards in sustainable development.

The visit demonstrated what can be achieved through a commitment to sustainability. The Sustainable City features a bundle of initiatives that both conserve resources and save money. Those include energy-efficient home design, the use of eco-friendly building materials, and solar panels placed on the roofs of residential units.

In terms of social living, the development places a priority on nature, green spaces, health, education and recreational activities for residents. The emphasis is on enabling a sustainable lifestyle that is allied to a strong sense of community.

The Sustainable City is on course to complete Phase One by the end of 2015. Phase One of the project comprises five residential clusters of 100 villas each, a community mall, a central green space, an equestrian center, and paths for horses and bikes.

Phase Two of the Sustainable City is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

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