Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS)

Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS)


Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council

Type(s) of Tool

Rating SystemsProvide quantifiable sustainability ratings and / or certification for projects or assets.


Urban Planning

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Concept DesignTechnical experts broadly outline the project’s basic characteristics., Detailed DesignTechnical experts further elaborate the Concept Design., ConstructionThe asset is constructed in line with design, budget and timeline.

Open Source


Language Availability

Arabic, English

Country of Origin

United Arab Emirates

Date of Development





The Pearl Community Rating System (PCRS) promotes the development of sustainable communities and improved quality of life in Abu Dhabi. The tool encourages water, energy and waste minimization, local material use and improved supply chains for sustainable and recycled materials and products. The PCRS is applicable to developments that are multiple plot subdivisions, with a vehicular network and community facilities or amenities. The tool requires master plan teams to develop Pearl Rating targets and guidelines for all buildings within the community. Since May 2010 all new community developments in Abu Dhabi must at least achieve a “One Pearl” rating.

Tool Outcome

The Pearls Community Rating System results in a final rating of One Pearl to Five Pearls depending on the total point-score a project achieves. The scoring also gives a good overview of areas where improvements are needed and encourages sustainable management and operations.

Sustainability Criteria

The PCRS is a point-based system based a large number of credits that are grouped under seven categories:
– Integrated development process (7 sub-criteria)
– Natural systems (8 sub-criteria)
– Livable communities (17 sub-criteria)
– Precious water (8 sub-criteria)
– Resourceful energy (11 sub-criteria)
– Stewarding materials (11 sub-criteria)
– Innovative practice (2 sub-criteria)