Estidama, which is the Arabic word for sustainability, is a sustainable urban planning initiative developed by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council and is based on the four pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic, cultural and social. The initiative includes the Pearl building rating system as part of the Estidama integrated design initiative.
The purpose of Estidama is to create a new sustainability framework that will direct current thinking while allowing adaptation as new understanding evolves. The ultimate goal of Estidama is to preserve and enrich Abu Dhabi’s physical and cultural identity, while creating and always improving the quality of life.
The Pearl system is based on both BREAM and LEED, but has been developed to encourage the sustainable design, construction and operation of communities, buildings and villas in Abu Dhabi’s hot and arid climate where temperatures can reach 500C and 100% humidity.
The Pearls Rating System is also strongly linked to the Estidama Integrative Design Process, which seeks to promote the concept of Integrated Design process (IDP) as a design approach amongst design professional by encouraging design coordination at the early stages of the project. Maximum benefit can be gained by integrating Spiralite ductwork at the design stage, with savings on money, space and energy.
…The purpose of Estidama is to create a new sustainability framework that will direct current thinking while allowing adaptation as new understanding evolves.