#Emirates could trump up other leading countries in global rankings for having the most "green" building spaces.
Dubai: The UAE could trump up other top countries in the global rankings for "green" building spaces, an expert said following the release of a US Green Building Council (GBC) report.
The council, an industry body that promotes cost-efficient and energy-saving buildings, released its ranking for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) based on cumulative gross square meters (GSM) of space certified to LEED in each nation as of April 2014.
Canada topped the list, followed by China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Brazil and Singapore. The UAE ranked ninth, ahead of Finland.
Chand Guria, a Dubai-based LEED Green Associate (the first level of certification as LEED-certified engineer, said: “Considering the sheer amount of construction restarts, the UAE ranking could very well go up this year.”
Guria explained that in general, a LEED-certified building is more energy-efficient and eco-friendly – requiring less energy, lighting and cooling and with smaller carbon footprint than conventional buildings.
“Many of the stalled projects in the UAE are now being restarted, while fresh ones are coming up, too,” he said.
“The UAE is big on adopting international standards. There are many on-going building projects here that are yet to be certified,” said Guria, civil and environmental engineer currently involved in the UAE property market.