Scheduled to come into force at the beginning of 2013, the proposed building regulations in Bahrain will require new developments to be constructed using international environmental standards.
These green building credentials will be showcased in a major new project. Plans have been unveiled for the construction of a new town development comprising an area of 356 hectares, divided almost equally between the Northern and Central Governorates. In addition to high-end villas, the township will also have schools, a library, a theatre, health centre, as well as office and commercial complexes, all of which will be built to new eco-friendly industry standards.
According to Joel Oana, the senior urban planner at the Ministry of Municipalities and Urban Planning, the green community will attempt to provide the best of two worlds. “Our plans are eco-friendly … while at the same time enabling urbanisation and modern development,” Oana said.