Delay in “sustainability” guide exposes federal buildings to “oblivion”

A parliamentary report, recently approved by the Federal National Council, confirmed that the delay of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure in issuing a unified instruction on the mechanisms for maintenance and upkeep of federal buildings resulted in the exposure of some buildings to “surrender”. , the insufficiency of some of their facilities, in addition to the high cost of their maintenance, and the decline of their lifespan.

The report included seven observations about the ministry’s policy, including “poor coordination and co-operation” between it and local authorities dealing with urban planning for housing projects.

The notes and conclusions of the report revolved around the “policy of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure”, within the three main axes, including “the federal road network and the regulation of its use and exploitation”, “dam facilities and water canals” and “buildings federal “. . ”

The report, which was copied by Emirates Today, included three observations on the axis of the “federal road network and the organization of its use and utilization”. The second is the lack of standardization of road policies (such as road speed standardization). Third is the Ministry’s weak role in controlling the axle weights of heavy vehicles on federal roads, which resulted in congestion, in addition to difficulties in managing the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure for infrastructure files, dams and roads in times of crisis. and emergencies, due to the weak role in storing data and information on infrastructure at the state level.

The report noted, in the axis “facilities of dams and water canals”, the delay of the ministry in circulating prepared hydrological studies to local authorities related to the sector of dams and roads, which led to the delay of these authorities in water drainage design. networks and the development of alternative solutions in case of dam floods, in addition to the difficulty of determining the bearing capacity of dams, the number of ferries they need and their size, due to the lack of information that determines the suitability of dams. residential area.

In the axis “Federal Buildings”, the report monitored three observations, where the first is the lack of coordination and cooperation between the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and relevant local authorities for urban planning for housing projects, which resulted in the remoteness of some federal buildings related to residential projects, such as health centers, schools and public parks, which have negatively affected the public health and mental health of the population.

The second is the limited implementation of sustainable development standards in government buildings, as they were applied to two new buildings and one existing building, out of a total of 2,901 federal buildings.

The third observation is the delay in issuing a unified indicative guide issued by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, which shows the mechanisms for the maintenance and upkeep of federal buildings after they are submitted to the relevant authority, which has resulted in the deterioration of some buildings . the invalidity of some of their facilities, in addition to the high cost of their maintenance, and the decline of their lifespan.

The report concluded with five recommendations, adopted by the Federal National Council, the first of which came in the “area of ​​policies and programs”, which included setting specific standards and indicators for controlling the weights of heavy vehicle axles, to protect roads from negative effects. of these weights, in order to maintain the sustainability of roads through the use of modern methods, such as artificial intelligence, and two recommendations in the field of “database and hydrological studies”. The first provided for “the preparation of a unified database on infrastructure, roads and dams and the work of archiving data and information electronically, to enable the relevant authorities in times of emergency, crisis and disaster to take advantage of them for avoid. their benefit in defining and designing water drainage networks, determining the bearing capacity of dams and the number of ferries they need, to avoid financial and human losses. ”

The list of recommendations also included two recommendations in the field of “sustainable development in the infrastructure sector”, the first being the preparation of a unified guideline for maintaining the sustainability of government, commercial and residential buildings, in line with the goals of sustainable development state 2030 ”, and the second contractual partnerships with private entities in the sustainability sector to meet the requirements of the 2030 sustainable development objectives in the country (sustainable cities and local communities).

• The report noted poor control over the weights of heavy vehicle axles on federal roads.

• The report stressed the need to prepare a unified guide to maintaining the sustainability of government, commercial and residential buildings.

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