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Dubai Municipality educates on new green building legislation at The Big 5

 The Dubai Municipality will be presenting the latest Dubai Green Building Code at The Big 5, offering attendees the opportunity to understand more about the regulations and their impact on the industry for the future before they go-live in early 2014.

The new legislation will be mandatory for all new buildings across residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The code covers a range of construction features, including building vitality, ecology, as well as energy, water and waste efficiency and effectiveness.

Information on the Dubai Green Building Project, of which the new regulations are derived, will be provided along with the rationale behind its implementation, and the role it will play in Dubai’s drive for sustainability. There will be a full outline the requirements for assessment and certification of green buildings together with a follow-up workshop that will provide more in-depth information on assessment procedures. The seminars will include a comprehensive overview of the testing procedures of products within the new regulations and the certification process.

Engineer Abdulla Rafia, Assistant Director General of Engineering at the Dubai Municipality, said: “The new Green Building Code will be implemented next year, and we are currently working to strengthen our efforts in educating the necessary audiences on the requirements they will have to meet.

“We are ready, our testing and certification centres are ready; we want to ensure that the industry is also ready and has access to the relevant training and information they require in advance of the launch. The Big 5 provides an excellent platform for us to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and communicate this key information.”

These free-to-attend seminars will also provide key insight into the progress of Dubai’s construction market, and the key successes and challenges, including that of meeting the increased demand for power and water that comes with the on-going growth and development.

“The new legislation from Dubai Municipality is an important step towards realising sustainable construction processes with a long-term view,” comment Andy White, group event director, The Big 5. “The Dubai construction market is one of the most active in the region and presents significant opportunities for the future, it is vital that those looking to capitalise on these fully understand the new regulations and the positive impact they will have.”

The seminars will take place on the 25 and 26 of November during The Big 5 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

For further information and to register for a place, please click here.

In addition to the seminars delivered by the Dubai Municipality, The Big 5 will host a number of educational platforms, with seminars and workshops focusing on key challenges and trends within the industry. Furthermore, the two-day Sustainability Design & Construction Conference will run in parallel and host a series of regional and international experts to discuss urban development, iconic architecture and present case studies of several local sustainable buildings.

Middle East Concrete and PMV Live will take place alongside The Big 5, providing insight on the latest technologies and innovations from across the concrete and plant, machinery and vehicle sectors.

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2013 a comeback year for construction

According to a recently conducted region-wide study, the value of new construction projects in the GCC is expected to rise in 2013, with projects valued at US$64.5 billion set to be awarded to contractors over the coming 12 months.

This figure shows a sharp increase, up by a third (33%) on the value of projects awarded in 2012 (US$48.4bn).

Building projects worth over US$68.7bn were completed in the GCC in 2012 according to the sector report issued today. Despite being lower than previously estimated, the Gulf’s construction industry grew by 48% over 2011 when completed projects were valued at US$46.5bn. The report also forecasts a further 19% sector growth in 2013, with completed construction projects set to reach US$81.6bn.

Growth of construction projects by sector

In 2012, residential, commercial and hospitality sectors led the GCC projects market; with US$29.4bn, US$12.2bn and US$5.5bn worth of projects completed respectively. Education, medical and retail sectors were other significant contributors, with completed projects worth US$5.2bn, U$3.3bn and US$2.4bn respectively.

 In 2013, a two-paced growth is likely with residential, retail and commercial sector construction projects growing at slower rates of 4.4%, 4% and 13% to US$30.7bn, US$2.5bn and US$13.8bn respectively.  However, hospitality, educational and medical projects will grow at faster rates of 27%, 69% and 79% respectively to US$27bn, US$8.8bn and US$5.9bn. The hospitality and educational sectors of the GCC building construction industry will see their market share by value of projects completed in 2013 grow tremendously by 137% (from 3.8% to 9%) and 134 % (4.7% to 11%) respectively. Residential building projects will remain the largest segment of the real estate market in terms of projects expected to complete in 2013 with a market share of 38%. Commercial will remain the second largest real estate sector with 17% but the educational sector is set to overtake the hospitality construction segment and claim third place with an 11% of the market share against hospitality’s market share of 9%.

Overview of the GCC interiors and fit-out market

Despite being lower than previously forecast, the value of the GCC interior contracting and fit-out market in 2012 was US$7.86bn – an increase of 56% against the 2011 figure of US$5.04bn and is expected to rise by 17% in 2013 to US$9.2bn. In 2012, the UAE was once again the largest interiors and fit-out market in the GCC and, at US$2.83bn, made up 36% of the US$7.86bn GCC market. It was followed by the Saudi Arabia and Qatar which were valued at US$2.6bn and US$1.49bn respectively. The Kuwait interiors and fit-out market was valued at US$472m, Oman’s at US$314m and Bahrain’s at US$157m.

The residential sector continues to command the largest market share of the GCC interior contracting and fit-out market with a 41% share of the overall market value in 2012 (US$3.24bn). While the residential sector is expected to remain the largest sector of the interior contracting and fit-out market in 2013 and increase in value by 5%, it will see its market share reduce slightly to 37% (US$3.4bn) as other sectors grow at a faster rate.

As GCC countries continue to invest in social infrastructure, the value of the educational and medical sectors of the interior contracting and fit-out market will see huge increases of 70% (from US$412m to US$702m) and 80% respectively (from US$261m to US$470m).

In 2013, the hospitality sector of the GCC interior contracting and fit-out market is set to overtake the commercial sector and take the second largest share of the market – increasing in value by 31% from US$1.2bn to US$1.57bn.

The report

The in-depth sector report issued today was commissioned by the organising team behind INDEX, and conducted by Ventures ME.

Frederique Maurell, Event Director for both the INDEX and Office exhibitions, who supervised the compilation of the report, said: “A number of construction projects that had been on hold resumed in 2012, as the region’s oversupply concerns were dispelled by a rise in demand due to growth of the population and disposable incomes. Governments have initiated construction across key sectors to cater to this demand. Though recovery of the commercial real estate sector remains somewhat subdued, new opportunities are emerging in residential, hospitality, retail and education sectors; albeit at a cautious and regulated pace. While the global economy as a whole remains relatively flat, it is safe to say that GCC construction industry and the associated interiors fit-out sector are recovering momentum.”

“This trend is being driven by investors acquiring partly completed properties and renovating, expanding or adding value rather than initiating new developments. The interiors and fit-out sector is responding well to these changes in demand, and beginning to see growth in new projects. Together, this puts the market firmly on an upward trajectory,” added Maurell.

As a preamble to INDEX 2013, the report highlights the potential for a comeback for the construction sector. The 23rd edition of the annual INDEX Interiors and Design Exhibition, the region’s largest and longest running interiors and design exhibition, will run alongside the 12th edition of the annual Office Exhibition on 20 to 23 May 2013 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE.




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