The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is the author of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, an urban master plan that addresses sustainability as a core principle. Estidama, which is the Arabic word for sustainability, is a program aimed at promoting thoughtful and responsible development. The core of the Estidama program is the Pearl Rating System.

The Pearl Rating System is the green building rating system for the emirate of Abu Dhabi and is currently tailored, since its December 2010 launch, for the following new developments: Communities, Buildings and Villas. Similar to LEED, the Pearl Rating System has various levels of certification, ranging from one to five pearls. For all new development projects within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, a minimum certification of one pearl is required (two pearls for government buildings). This certification requirement was mandated by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi and went into effect in autumn 2010.

Flatiron employs Sustainability Engineers, each of whom is a Pearl Qualified Professional (PQP), trained and certified by the UPC. The Sustainability Engineer is mobilized to each site as early as possible to coordinate with the necessary departments and functions, as well as with the consultant’s Estidama representative to ensure that the required documentation is available to ensure compliance with the Stage 2 Construction Rating.

Implementation of Estidama

Flatiron is constructed all projects in accordance with requirement of Estidama

The sustainability features of these projects are as follows:

• Water consumption reduction of future occupiers by at least 30% per year

• Energy consumption reduction of future occupiers by at least 18% per year

• Locally sourced construction materials to reduce carbon footprint

• All Timber , waterproofing material used was chlorine free.

• Natural ventilation for the villas was increased by 25 %.

• Timber , false ceiling , gypsum board and ceramic material used are free of Organic violent and formaldehyde content.

• Water sub-meters are installed in the villa to control and detect the leakage.

• Energy sub-meters are installed in the villa to control the energy consumption.

• Thermostat and sensors are installed in all rooms for villas to control the using of AC cooling system.

• Day light was increased to reduce consumption of light energy.

• 60% of construction waste recycled

• Protection of existing Al Ghaf trees

• No CCA treated timber

• The use of recycled, crushed concrete for sub-base material