ADM saves $288m following implementation of sustainability standards

Civic body has implemented standards of value engineering and sustainability during the initial design phases of municipal projects

Abu Dhabi City Municipality has said that it has saved $288 million following the implementation of sustainability standards by the civic body, to various infrastructural projects.

In a statement, the municipality said that the savings were achieved by the implementation of the standards of value engineering and sustainability during the initial design phases of municipal projects. It added that it had started the implementation of sustainability standards on various roads, parks and infrastructural projects in Abu Dhabi city in 2011.

Projects are being designed with special attention being paid to municipal standards – including sustainability requirements – that have been included in design manuals and specifications, for the construction of roads, infrastructure, parks and recreational facilities across Abu Dhabi, in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, it added.

The implementation of sustainability requirements in projects is being verified by ensuring that projects have sustainable engineering designs, the municipality said.

It added that the Municipal Infrastructure and Assets Sector seeks to implement the latest technologies in support of sustainability, with concerned personnel conducting studies and applied research, pilot projects and joint case studies with universities to review and assess new initiatives and technologies.

The objective of these improvement efforts is to update the relevant specifications and standards, along with the relevant inputs, so as to ensure that they are compatible with stipulations set by Abu Dhabi, the civic body explained.

For example, it said that the municipality has used Geosynthetics networks in the design of asphalt pavements of roads and development projects, a practice which has yielded positive construction results such as increasing the design lifespan of paved roads service, from 20 to 30 years, reducing the thickness of asphalt pavements by 20% to 30%, and reducing the cost of asphalt construction by 10% to 20%.

The municipality has also started its project aimed at reusing various road layers in maintenance through recycling cold asphalt at the project site, thus eliminating the issue of using and transporting new materials to site.


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