Dubai Municipality issued Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications in 2010 and in the first phase it was a mandatory requirement for new government buildings. In the second phase, it became mandatory for all types of buildings.
In 2016, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum approved Al Sa’fat as a green building rating system. Therefore, Dubai Municipality updated the existing green building code and upgraded it to a rating system classifying green buildings into different categories depending on their compliance to sustainability performance.
Starting from 19 October 2020, Al Sa’fat – Dubai Green Building System will replace Dubai Green Building Regulations and Specifications. Al Sa’fat includes a set of mandatory requirements for all new buildings to obtain the Silver Sa’fa. Owners aiming to achieve higher performance may apply a set of additional requirements to achieve the Golden or Platinum Sa’fa.
Al Sa’fat system enhances buildings users’ safety and ensures a more sustainable environment for future generations. It also encourages innovation to achieve integration between green systems and technologies in building design, which in turn is reflected in improving performance, reducing energy consumption, increasing the efficiency of electrical and mechanical systems, and therefore reducing the carbon footprint.
You can find the electronic version of Al Sa’fat system at this link