Ai??ESTIDAMA Buildings and Communities Program initiated by the Abu Dhabi government under the direction of Emirates of Abu Dhabi Urban planning council with the aim of making the Abu Dhabi the sustainable capital of Arab world.
The Pearl Rating System for ESTIDAMA is a framework for sustainable design, construction and operation of communities, buildings and villas. The Pearl Rating System is unique in the world and is specifically tailored to the hot climate and arid environment of Abu Dhabi. The extreme summer temperatures of Abu Dhabi reach 48Ai??C and humidity levels can be near 100%. Air conditioning consumes large amounts of electrical energy. Water is a precious resource due to scarcity of fresh water resources, high evaporation rates, infrequent rainfall averaging less than 100mm/year .
The program has six main elements that are being carried out simultaneously:
- New Green Building Guidelines
- Ai??Institutions and Pearls Rating System
- Ai??Existing Building Guidelines
- Ai??Public Building Guidelines
- Ai??Industrial Buildings Guidelines
- Ai??Community Guidelines (this program)
The first five elements will focus primarily at the building level, functioning to ensure that existing and new buildings incorporate a variety of construction and operational techniques and technology to advance sustainability goals such as energy and water conservation.
The Goals of the rating system are as follows:-
Promote compact, mixed-use development that will
- Substantially reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions,
- Reduce costs of providing infrastructure and public services, and
- Support mass transit
The ESTIDAMA Pearl Rating System (PRS) assesses sustainability performance of communities, buildings and villas. The PRS has been designed to support sustainable development from design to construction to operational accountability and provides guidance and requirements to rate a projectai??i??s potential performance in relation to the four pillars of ESTIDAMA. The program encompasses the Pearl Community Rating System, the Pearl Building Rating System and Pearl Villa Rating System.
The Pearl Rating System is part of the government wide collaborative initiative to improve the lives of all citizens living in Abu Dhabi Emirate, by supporting the social and cultural traditions and values of Abu Dhabi. It reinforces what this unique place has been in the past and hopes to be long into the future.
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