The buildings department at Dubai Municipality has recently issued a circular to all consultancy offices, contracting companies, concrete factories and suppliers in the Emirate of Dubai on the use of eco-friendly and sustainable concrete materials.

Khalid Mohammed Saleh , Director of Buildings Department said that the move comes as part of Dubai Municipality’s efforts to improve the quality of buildings and continuous development in line with the strategic objectives of the Government of Dubai as well as its transformation into a green city, and on the basis of its policy in the application of latest technologies in the construction sector.

He noted that the manufacturing of one ton of Portland cement results in the emission of 1.1 tons of carbon dioxide and 164 kg of dust which leads to increased global warming, increasing environmental damage and proportion of respiratory diseases such as asthma, ossification pneumonia, lung cancer, kidney failure and other serious diseases.

“In order to protect the environment and the preservation of public health and safety, the civic body decided to mandate the use of Ground Granulated Blast Slag (GGBS) and Fly Ash with Portland cement in mixtures of concrete,” Saleh added.

He pointed out that this decision will be mandatory, from April 1st, 2015 , for all new building. Consulting offices, contracting companies and concrete factories are responsible both technically and legally for the implementation of this decision, each within its jurisdiction and responsibilities.

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