​​​Certification Schemes for Green Building Materials and Products

The Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications was issued in 2010 and, initially, was applicable as mandatory requirement for construction of new government buildings. In 2016, the regulation was re-issued as AL SA'FAT - Dubai Green Building Evaluation System.

On 13-Feb-2014, Dubai Municipality Building Department issued Circular (198) 2014, providing for the mandatory implementation of the Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specification (GBRS) on all new constructions and buildings within the Emirate of Dubai, effective 01 Mar 2014.

The purpose of the Dubai GBRS is to improve the performance of buildings in Dubai by reducing the consumption of energy, water and materials, improving public health, safety and general welfare, and, by enhancing the planning, design, construction and operation of buildings, to create an excellent city that provides the essence of success and comfort of sustainable living.

The regulations intend to support Dubai’s Strategic Plan, create more sustainable urban environment and extend the ability of the Emirate’s infrastructure to meet the needs of future development.

In line with this, DCLD Certification Body has identified the relevant clauses in the regulations where certification is required, and developed certification schemes to address these requirements.

 Below are the certification schemes currently available at DCLD:






Title of Clause

Product and Properties
to be Certified

Available Scheme
(Specific Rules)

Type of



Urban Heat Island Effect


Roofing surfaces, roofing tiles for Solar Reflective Index (SRI)

RD-DP32-5111 (IC)

Type 1



Light Colors on Outside of Buildings

Paints and coatings
(for LRV)

RD-DP21-2180 (IC)

Factory Assessment




Paving blocks, pavement (for SRI)

RD-DP32-5110 (IC)

Type 1

Factory Assessment



Low Emitting Material: Paints and Coatings

Paints and coatings
(for VOC)

RD-DP21-2180 (IC)

Factory Assessment



Low Emitting Material: Adhesives and Sealants

Adhesives, adhesive primers, adhesive bonding primers, sealants, sealant primers (for VOC)

RD-DP32-5109 (IC)

RD-DP21-2180 (IC)

Type 1

Factory Assessment



Minimum Envelope Performance Requirements

Glazed elements (architectural glass) for Thermal Transmittance, Shading Coefficient and Light Transmittance

RD-DP32-5103 (IC)

RD-DP21-2192 (IC)

Type 1

Factory Assessment



On-Site Renewable Energy – Solar Water Heating System

Solar water heating system collectors as per EN 12975-1 and EN 12976-1 for systems

RD-DP21-2178 (IC)

RD-DP21-2199 (IC)

Factory Assessment



Thermal and Acoustical Insulation Materials

Thermal insulation as per applicable standard specifications, CFC free

- Polystyrene as per ASTM C578

- PUR/PIR as per EN 13165

- Spray applied PUR as per ASTM C1029

- Mineral fiber as per EN 13162

- Mineral fiber as per ASTM C612

- Mineral fiber as per ASTM C553

- Mineral fiber as per ASTM C547

- Mineral fiber as per ASTM C665

- Cellular glass as per EN 13167

- Pipe and duct insulation as per GBRS

- etc.


Select appropriate Scheme under

Factory Assess​ment

Factory Assessment



Lead or Heavy Metals Containing Materials

Paints and coatings
(for heavy metals)

RD-DP21-2180 (IC)

Factory Assessment


The DCLD implements two types of certification, namely: (1) Factory Assessment and (2) System 1. 
Specific Rules number starting with RD-DP21-nnnn (IC) are carried out under Factory Assessment, while Specific Rules number starting with RD-DP32-nnnn (IC) are carried out under System 1.  

Application Forms and other information can be found in links below:

Green Materials and Products Certified