Green Building Standards in MENA Conference Paper uri icon


  • The paper reviews briefly regional constraints and trends in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), among them environmental climatic and social ones, which should affect planning, design and construction policies and practices. It reviews the current state of legislation regarding energy and other green building issues, as well as the various voluntary tools which are being promoted in the region. Covering 20 countries (from Turkey to Yemen, from Morocco to Iran), and based on over 150 documents in Arabic, English, French, Turkish and Hebrew, the paper concludes that the pace of building practices adaptations is far from meeting the pace of needs and constraints. The repercussions on the liveability of buildings and settlements, and the survivability and resilience potential of communities in the arid regions of MENA, may well be at risk. Thus, for many countries in the region, green …

publication date

  • January 1, 2013

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