New building codes to hit parking and ramps

Parking provision and wheelchair access will be reviewed by DM building inspectors

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  February 25, 2006

Developers could be forced to increase car parking provision for new buildings under construction in Dubai, following the adoption of new measures currently under study. Dubai Municipality is set to update its building codes covering parking densities, wheelchair access, energy efficiency and the monitoring of construction projects. Construction Week has learned that DM officials plan to meet with consultants this week to discuss the proposed changes and finalise the new codes. “There will be more than 10 updates to the building codes by the middle of this year. We will also begin to enforce these regulations with more drive than we have been doing in the past,” said Mohammed Ahmed Saleh, first specialist of building permits and regulations systems, at the building department of Dubai Municipality. Under existing codes, within every 930 m2 plot of land, every built-up area of 70 m2 requires at least one parking space. But under the new regulations, every 46 m2 of built-up area may require a parking space. Saleh said that under Article 27 of the Building Codes, there are about 40 points dealing with provisions for the disabled, which will now be enforced. “Every building, residential, commercial or mixed-use has to provide a ramp whenever there is a change in level. This is clearly mentioned in the codes.” The energy efficiency of buildings has also been given top priority at the DM, and officials are considering more closely monitoring materials being used by contractors. “Our inspection officers will go down to the sites to check that all building materials being used are up to standard and have been approved by the Dubai Labs. We are going to become more active on this front,” added Saleh. Finally, the DM is also considering introducing new procedures requiring contractors to submit site progress reports, as often as every two weeks. The updated building codes are due to be introduced this summer.

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