Training program in Green Building Rating System launched
20 Sa’fat Certified Engineers graduate from Dubai Municipality
Dubai Municipality organised the graduation ceremony of its first batch of Sa’fat Certified Engineers on Sunday, 6th of May. This is the first professional designation locally and internationally certified and granted by the Municipality to all engineers in the building and construction filed and students of engineering from all universities, after passing the training course and exam in the Green Building Rating System (Al Sa’fat).
The ceremony conducted under the patronage of the Director General of Dubai Municipality, Dawood AbdulRahman Al Hajiri and in the presence of the Secretary General of Dubai Executive Council, Abdullah Al Basti, witnessed the graduation of 11 professional engineers and nine engineering students.
The training program for the Green Building Rating System and the subsequent graduation of Sa’fat Certified Engineers was organised in conjunction with the implementation of the Sa’fat system on all types of buildings in the emirate, residential, commercial, and industrial or other facilities, within the framework of supporting the Sa’fat system issued by the Municipality. It is also based on the social responsibility of Dubai Municipality’s Buildings Department and its keenness to build the capabilities of future generations of young engineers, as well as qualifying the engineers certified in the Sa’fat System.
The Sa’fat System is divided into four categories: bronze, silver, golden and platinum. The standards listed in these categories include carbon reduction, energy saving, internal health environment requirements, smart applications, innovation requirements, and an increase in the lifespan of the building, which is more fine-tuned with the surrounding nature.
Fida Al Hammadi, Head of Researches and Building Systems Section in the Buildings Department, said that the program aims at introducing the engineers to the Sa’fat System through a presentation of the stages of the system development from the list of conditions and specifications of green buildings, in addition to shedding light on the most important positive impacts of the application of the system on the new buildings by focusing on saving energy and water, reducing the carbon footprint for construction and operation, and reducing waste by encouraging the recycling policy for construction waste and household waste.
She stressed the importance of the program's role in clarifying the requirements, documents and certificates to meet the requirements of Sa’fat, such as conformity certificates, technical reports, etc., and qualifying the participating engineers to appear for the Sa’fat certification exam and obtain the Sa'fat Certified Engineer designation.
Al Hammadi added that the designation "Sa’fat Certified Engineer" will be a professional addition to the bearer's CV, in addition to ensuring the efficiency of the employees in the field of green buildings.
“This includes two main categories: Professionals, the engineers working in the profession and the young engineering students in the universities, who wish to develop their academic skills in the green building filed. The initiative has targeted the capabilities of the young students at universities with a simple and uncomplicated training that encourages them and gives them the opportunity and responsibility to be the makers of Dubai's sustainable future,” she explained.
Al Hammadi said that this designation aims to expand the awareness on the importance of green buildings and their sustainable applications and adds scientific and professional value to engineers within the emirate of Dubai and beyond, both regionally and internationally.