The Abu Dhabi Planning Council have created framework for sustainable design, construction and operation of communities, buildings and villas. The PRS (Pearl Rating System) is unique in the world and is specifically tailored to the hot climate and arid environment of Abu Dhabi. The seven concepts are as follows:
• Integrated Development Process:
Encouraging cross-disciplinary teamwork to deliver environmental and quality management throughout the life of the project.
• Natural Systems:
Conserving, preserving and restoring the region's critical natural environments and habitats.
• Livable Buildings:
Improving the quality and connectivity of outdoor and indoor spaces.
• Precious Water:
Reducing water demand and encouraging efficient distribution and alternative water sources.
• Resourceful Energy:
Targeting energy conservation through passive design measures, reduced demand, energy efficiency and renewable sources.
• Stewarding Materials:
Ensuring consideration of the 'whole-of-life' cycle when selecting and specifying materials.
• Innovating Practice:
encouraging innovation in building design and construction to facilitate market and industry transformation.
When a building achieves a 3 Pearl Estidama Rating it means it is designed to be 40% more efficient in power and water usage!
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