17/1/11 – Saudia Arabia says Sustainable Construction Projects are Increasing
17 January 2011
Saudi Arabia has adopted sustainability as a fundamental focus in the Kingdom’s recent boom in construction projects. The Saudi Green Building Council and local authorities are committed to developing a set of green building codes.
Apparently Saudi Arabia’s growing sustainable industry and booming economy are being driven by the construction industry which is currently valued at SR 1 trillion. However, the Kingdom also faces a unique set of challenges such as regional specific energy and resource requirements, conflicting priorities from stakeholders and the addition of international and regional codes. This
is further complicated by recent sustainable regulatory changes in neighbouring Middle Eastern countries
The Saudi market is preparing for the development and incorporation of regional specific sustainable regulations many of which will be discussed at IQPC’s 2nd Annual Cost-Effective Design & Construction Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conference, to be held at the Riyadh Marriott between 13 – 16 March 2011.
Sultan Faden, Founding Member of the Saudi Green Building Council will share his perspective on complying with current and future sustainable building codes in the Kingdom by examining the impact of international and regional building codes on the construction industry. He will also evaluate initiatives which encourage the adoption of certified and rated building projects and review recommendations in promoting sustainable practices and culture.