As part of its on-going efforts to leverage the business conduct in the building and construction sector in Abu Dhabi emirate and ensure optimal implementation of Abu Dhabi International Building Codes, which shall become mandatory in government projects as of October 1, 2014, the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA), in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology and the International Code Council, has held a training workshop at Abu Dhabi City Municipality featuring the participation of construction engineers, architects and inspectors from the Buildings Permit Division at the Abu Dhabi City Municipality.
The one-week workshop, which is currently being held at the premises of Abu Dhabi City Municipality before moving on to Al Ain City Municipality, and the Western Region Municipality, includes training programs simulating the engineering reality of Abu Dhabi International Building Codes emulating real-life working conditions. It subjects participating engineers and buildings inspectors in a semi practical life working environment as participants interact with projects adopting such codes simulating a real workplace.
On day one, the workshop reviewed some practical cases that require participants to make decisions fully compliant with the provisions of Abu Dhabi International Building Codes, review architectural layouts, and implement building inspection & testing procedures as spelled out in Abu Dhabi International Building Codes, namely: Abu Dhabi International Building Code, Abu Dhabi International Energy Conservation Code, Abu Dhabi International Mechanical Code, Abu Dhabi International Fuel Gas Code, Abu Dhabi International Private Sewage Disposal Code and Abu Dhabi International Property Maintenance Code. This practical course would contribute to enhancing the capabilities of relevant staffs to implement these new codes so as to obtain certification from the International Code Council, each in their respective field of competence.
In this context, HE Mohammed, Sughair Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of the DMA Municipal Affairs Governance Sector, said: “The on-going training programs delivered by the DMA in collaboration with the Higher Colleges of Technology and the International Codes Council regarding the implementation of Abu Dhabi International Building Codes, makes construction engineers, architects and buildings inspectors at the municipal system tip top ready to ensure the optimal implementation of the codes as soon as they become mandatory in government projects from the beginning of next month. The current training course would also enable municipal engineers to provide full and integrated support required by strategic partners, be it engineers, contractors or consultants in order to implement these codes in an easy and streamlined manner, besides addressing all challenges they might encounter during the mandatory implementation phase.” Al Dhahri highlighted the importance of Abu Dhabi International Building Codes in achieving the sustainable development in the emirate, and their positive repercussions on the quality of building & construction projects as well as the services rendered to all community members in this field.”
It is worth mentioning that each of Abu Dhabi International Building Codes is characterized by a set of provisions and regulations governing the business in the building and construction sector; and they collectively contribute to enhancing the levels of lighting & ventilation and rationalizing the consumption of energy & water in the emirate. These codes also extend buildings lifecycle, contribute to reducing operational expenses and slashing the cost of maintenance over the long run, besides facilitating the special needs’ entry and exit during emergency cases such as fires and the like.
Abu Dhabi International Building Codes come as part of the DMA’s efforts to raise the calibre of policies & standards applicable in the building and construction sector, which is a key tributary of the local economic development. These codes also promote the competitiveness of the building and construction sector in particular, and the economy of the Abu Dhabi emirate in general, and support the efforts made by the municipal system to realize the objectives of Abu Dhabi’s vision of achieving sustainable development and shape the emirate as one of the world-best places to live, work and visit.
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