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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group Quarterly Meeting Estidama Program: Moving Abu Dhabi Toward a Sustainable Future John Madden, Senior Planning Manager Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council . Estidama Initiative. A mandated policy to create a new sustainable framework for Abu Dhabi Plan 2030

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    1. Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group Quarterly MeetingEstidama Program: Moving Abu Dhabi Toward a Sustainable Future John Madden, Senior Planning Manager Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council

    2. Estidama Initiative A mandated policy to create a new sustainable framework for Abu Dhabi Plan 2030 Provide direction through four clear pillars: environmental, economic, social and cultural Promotes a new sense of responsibility by going beyond other sustainable initiatives Estidama is the symbol of an inspired vision for governance and community development 1 2 3 4 5

    3. Philosophy of Estidama • Launched in 2008, Estidama is not a program, a rating method or something people do, it is a vision and a desire to achieve a new sustainable way of life in the Arab world. • Sustainability is part of the values and ideals of the UAE. The legacy of sustainable living is the guiding force behind Estidama. From it, Estidama derives a new mindset for building a forward thinking global capital. • It acknowledges that the unique cultural, climatic and economic development needs of the region require a localized definition of sustainability.

    4. The Need for Estidama • Estidama aims to revive the ecological and cultural sensitivity (traditions) of the people to their environment. • Estidama arose from the need to properly plan, design, construct and operate sustainable developments with respect to the local traditions and climate. • In order to achieve the goal of Estidama, developers, design teams and even residents need to rethink the design and planning process, the harsh climatic nature of the region. • This touches all aspects of life in Abu Dhabi - the way we build, the way we resource, the way we live our daily lives, the choices we make as employers - all in an effort to attain a sustainable state of living. • Ultimately, the success of Estidama will depend on everyone in the Emirate to create a better future for all

    5. Responsive Sustainable Urbanism • Projects that achieve Estidama adhere to these characteristics: • Utilise a systems-based approach to look at communities, developments and buildings holistically, rather than in isolation from one another. • Commit to sustainability targets that must be achieved, along with those that are desirable – all within economically responsible long term parameters. • Use of the Estidama Integrative Design Process (EIDP) to promote cooperation and collaboration between all stakeholders to attain synergy in the process of planning, design and construction.

    6. Vision for EnvironmentalImprovement Efficient Use of Existing Natural Resources Higher Efficiency in The Built Environment Protection and Stewardship of Existing Habitat and Bio-Diversity Promotion of Sustainable Developments CARBON REDUCTION

    7. Pearl Rating System (PRS) 1 Pearl = 21 Required Credits 2 Pearl = 60 Optional Credits 3 Pearl = 90 Optional Credits 4 Pearl = 120 Optional Credits 5 Pearl = 150 Optional Credits Rating Systems Components

    8. Water 1 Pearl Multi Use Residential Tower = -21% Commercial Office Tower = -40% Community Neighborhood = -16% Approximate Reductions Comparison to construction practices today

    9. What is a Pearl Rating? 1 Pearl = 21 Required Credits 2 Pearl = 60 Optional Credits • Seven component sections • Multi-Design options • Multi-Design options • Rating system has many credits from which to chose • Over 70 pathways = 2 Pearl

    10. Building Sector Example 60 Credits = 2 Pearl Integrated Development Process Innovating Practice Natural Systems Livable Buildings Materials Energy Water (Sector) Possible Total 10

    11. Pearl Rating Systems 1 Pearl Villa

    12. Tools for Design and Assessment 12

    13. Energy 1 Pearl Multi Use Residential Tower = -24% Commercial Office Tower = -32% Community Neighborhood = -24% Approximate Reductions Comparison to construction practices today

    14. Waste 1 Pearl Construction Phase Waste Reductions Building = -30% (weight or volume) Community = -50% (weight or volume) Approximate Reductions

    15. Estidama Benefits: • Achieve energy and water savings • Increase return on investments • Create healthier places to live, work, study and play • Improve productivity, retail sales and student performance • Attain greater tenant retention • Enhanced reputation and marketability • Receive recognition from the leadership of Abu Dhabi

    16. Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre Project Snapshot • Project Type: Sustainable Building • Location: Al Ain • Building Size (GFA): 7600 m2 • Proposed Program: Interpretative, educational and learning facilities

    17. Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre Project Snapshot The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre project will involve the redevelopment of the 40-year old Al Ain Zoo to include a wildlife themed safari, destination resort, retail and residential communities. The building is an accessible sculpture that affords multiple spatial experiences. The idea of geographic strata has been expressed through the building’s system of ramps and multiple levels. Nestled into the land and plantings, the building further emulates the natural world.

    18. Desert Learning Centre – Designed savings By using an integrative design process, the Design Team helped to shape a seamless site and building solution. The tangible benefits of this approach include: • Targeting 50% reduction in annual energy consumption compared to ASHRAE reference building. • Anticipating 15% of energy balance to be provided by renewable sources. • High performance envelope, reducing peak external heat gain by 70% compared to ASHRAE reference. • Water use reduction by over 75% from a comparable building. • Construction waste diversion from landfill expected to exceed 50%. • Creating a building that by its very design will tell a compelling story of Estidama, without requiring extensive exhibits or narrative.

    19. Executive Council Mandate

    20. Estidama Mandate • All New Communities to be 1 Pearl • All New Buildings and Villas to be 1 Pearl • All Government led Buildings etc. 2 Pearl

    21. Implementation Process

    22. Estidama - Timeline Community Rating: All new community developments with a permanent residential population over 1000 Applicable from June 2010 Building Rating: All new buildings Applicable from September 2010 Villa Rating: All new private and government Applicable from September 2010

    23. Estidama - Stages The Pearl Rating System (PRS) Planning for Estidama Development Review Design Rating Achieved Construction Rating Achieved Operational Rating Achieved Planning Approval Achieved

    24. Estidama – Integrated Approval Process Master Developments UPC Development Review (Planning for Estidama) Municipality PBRS or PVRS Approval 1 Pearl UPC PBRS or PVRS Approval 2 Pearl + UPC PCRS Approval Building Permit NOC Design Rating Design Rating Design Rating 1 Pearl Mandate New Buildings and Villas Government Buildings or Voluntary Pathway Communities PRS & Building Permit

    25. Information & Training

    26. Estidama Training Programme: • Target Audience • Government Professionals • Municipalities, Utility providers • Industry Professionals • Architects, Developers, • Engineers, Planners …. • Public • Villa Owners • Students • Business Groups… Utilities Developers ADTA The Estidama Team EAD UPC Municipalites

    27. Estidama Training Programme: Understanding and Awareness Course: This course provides an overview of Estidama and the Pearl Rating Systems requirements and process, as well as the context and benefits of sustainable development in Abu Dhabi Applying the Pearl Building Rating System: This 1.5-day course will provide development and consulting industry professionals with the ability to understand and apply the Pearl Building Rating System to new building projects. Applying the Pearl Community Rating System: This 1.5-day course will provide development and consulting industry professionals with the ability to understand and apply the Pearl Community Rating System to new projects. Applying the Pearl Villa Rating System: This 1-day course will provide development and consulting industry professionals with the ability to understand and apply the Pearl Villa Rating System to new villa projects

    28. Estidama PQP Examination Government Private Sector Architect Pearl Qualified Professional Pearl Assessor Owner Line of Communication Contractor Engineer Registration online: http://www.prometric.com/UPC/default.htm

    29. Estidama Information Our website provides detailed information on the Pearl Rating Systems. http://www.estidama.org/