Submitting a Pearl Rating Application
All relevant new projects must achieve a minimum 1 Pearl rating
to receive approval from the planning and permitting authorities.
Government funded projects must achieve a minimum 2 Pearl
Registration of projects for Pearl Ratings with UPC is not
required at present. A formal registration process will be in place
in the future.
The submission requirements for the design and construction
stages of the Pearl Rating System (PRS) are outlined in each
credit. The Design Rating application is linked with the building
permitting process at the relevant Municipalities and must be made
at the end of the construction documentation stage. The
Construction Rating application must be made on completion of
Any building and villa project located within a proposed Pearl
rated community must demonstrate an integrated approach between the
PCRS application and the PBRS/PVRS application(s). The PCRS
application must be submitted and approved before NOPC letters can
be issued for the individual project villas and/or buildings.
There will be no public disclosure of information provided as
part of the Submission Requirements. Information provided will
remain confidential, except as required for identification of the
project and its key participants for the purposes of providing
All Estidama correspondence must be addressed
to the following based on the Pearl Rating targetted and as per
the cover letter requirements section below:
1 to 2 Pearl Rating Submissions*
(post 2-Jan-2017) For PBRS & PVRS
Abu Dhabi Government
Unified Hub for Building Permits
occupied by the Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA)
3 to 5 Pearl Rating Submissions*
For PBRS & PVRS + All PCRS Submissions*
Mohamed Al Khadar
& Estidama Sector
Abu Dhabi Urban
Al Mamoura B Building
* Submissions include Design Rating
Applications, Construction Audit Reports, Construction Rating
Applications, Credit Clarification Requests (CCRs) and Early Works
All correspondence submitted must be
signed by the appointed PQP for the project or the company
Cover Letter Requirements
All Pearl Rating System (PRS) application
cover letters must include the following summary table
AND attach a signed copy of the Estidama Completeness
Checklist (applicable to Design Rating
All fields highlighted in yellow must be
UPDATED for resubmission:
|Completeness Checklist Attached? (Yes/No)
For Design Rating applications, the PQP must attach the
signed Estidama Completeness Checklist to cover letter (CLICK HERE TO
Provide the scanned copy and the excel version of this
checklist within the IDP-R1 credit folder.
||Obtained from Municipal Affection Plan
||Obtained from Municipal Affection Plan
||ADM/ AAM / WRM
|Municipality Project ID
|Pearl Rating System
||e.g. PBRS, PCRS or PVRS
||e.g. 1 Pearl, 2 Pearls
e.g. First Submission or Re-submission #1, #2
PLEASE UPDATE THIS FIELD UPON RESUBMISSION.
For Re-submissions, please attach
1. The latest issued UPC comment sheet with the
completed PQP responses to the UPC comments
2. The Notiice of Incomplete Submission Email (for
|RE-R1 Compliance Pathway
|Prescriptive or Performance (N/A for PCRS)
||GFA of the building/villa typology submitted. See definition
|Estidama Project ID
|- Applicable for re-submissions.
- Click here for guidance on where to find the
- For resubmissions, please attach the latest issued UPC
review sheet completed with PQP responses to the cover
|Urban Development ID
||Where applicable, please:
|1. List any previously
approved similar typologies with their corresponding Project ID
if the project was previously deemed incomplete.
Representative Contact Details (provide contact
details of the person responsible for receiving all official
correspondence for this project)
GFA: The sum of the floor areas of the
spaces within a building, including basements, mezzanines and
intermediate floors, and penthouses with an internal height of 2.3m
or greater. It is measured from the exterior faces of the exterior
walls or from the centreline of walls separating buildings. It
excludes covered walkways, porches, pipe trenches, exterior
terraces or steps, chimneys, roof overhangs and similar
Please note all credit related commitment/undertaking
letters are to be included within the relevant credit folder of the
Pearl Rating System submission. The UPC
does not require the hard copies of these
letters to be submitted.
Design Rating Application
From 1 June 2011, all PRS submittals must be done by a certified
PQP in the applicable rating system.
All applicable Community, Building and Villa projects must
submit the Design Rating Application to UPC following the
1. Download the submittal
template and the accompanied submittal guide for either a
Community, Building or Villa project.
2.Download the latest versions of ALL calculators applicable to
the project from the Estidama website.
3.Complete the submittal template and upload all the supporting
documents, such as narratives, drawings, specifications,
calculators etc within the relevant credit folders. Project
submittals must be complete. If a project is 2-5 Pearls, then the
submittal must be complete before UPC will start the
4.Print or attach the "Project Information" tab of the submittal
template to a cover letter. Ensure this cover letter is prepared in
accordance with the Correspondence Protocol
outlined above and also includes the project Community ID, Plot ID,
and Building ID for geo-tagging purposes.
5.Copy the submittal template (including folder structure with
all supporting documents) onto a CD.
6.Submit both the CD and two copies of the cover letter/Project
Information sheet to UPC, one of which will be stamped as
confirmation of receipt. Directions to the UPC are available here.
Note that the Estidama team is on the 7th floor. Submissions are
only received between 8:30am and 4:30pm Sunday to Thursday.
All cover letters for Pearl Rating System (PRS)
submission must include the summary table as described in the
correspondence protocol above.
Please note that projects requiring Development Review must not
submit for a PRS Design Rating until they have received their
Detailed Planning Approval letter. See Estidama and Development
Review for details about the Development Review process.
UPC Pearl Rating System Review Process
Following submission of the Pearl Rating application to UPC, the
Estidama team will review the application and provide feedback and
comments to both the project PQP/PVRS Professional and to the
project owner. The flow chart below illustrates the review process
for projects aiming for minimum 1 Pearl (privately funded) or
minimum 2 Pearl (government funded) rating.
The UPC team is available throughout the review process to help
project teams in obtaining rating approvals in no more than two
submissions over a period of less than two months.
Estidama envisions recognition of projects achieving 2-5 Pearls
at Design Stage; the details of that recognition are being
determined at present and once completed will be posted here.
Construction Rating Application
Projects that have received a Pearl Design rating and are under
construction are required to submit a Pearl Construction Rating
application after construction is completed. At this point the
Pearl Design Rating will expire and will be superseded by the
The Construction Rating application follows the same process as
the design one. Project teams can update the previously submitted
templates including a concise description of the changes that
occurred between obtaining the design rating and completion of
construction. The instructions of the
submission process are outlined above.
Currently, all Construction Rating applications must be
submitted to the UPC.