Saudi calls for sustainable urban development

February 25, 2018

undefinedSaudi Arabia is pushing towards more sustainable urban development as part of the country’s economic reforms, experts said ahead of a leading industry event in the kingdom next month.

The Big 5 Saudi, which takes place from 5-8 March 2018 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events, will highlight the role of sustainability in the Saudi Vision 2030 agenda.

“Applying these building methods to residential projects is a win-win case where all stakeholders benefit from the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainability: owners benefit by reducing the cost of running the building, the occupants will feel healthier, and the community will benefit from engaging together,” says US Green Building Council Faculty Regional Manager, Dr Mohammed S. Al Surf, who will explore the KSA Green Building movement in a presentation at The Big 5 Saudi.

Eng. Omar Al Touqi, a civil engineer at the University of Jeddah and also a speaker at the event on 2030 environmental dimensions, points out the financial challenges of the green concept.

“Cost is particularly a challenge when choosing the right material and resources, however, we should understand the value of buildings which truly consider standards like Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for example,” he said. “Sustainable buildings will be highly valued with capital appreciation and gradual reduction of cost at the end.”

As a consultant on sustainable design, CEO/partner of ENTEC Environmental Technology, Dr Dina Al-Nahd believes that the private sector is also now aware of the need to build in a sustainable manner.

“They know that in this millennium you have to consider the sustainable concept; that’s energy efficiency, water efficiency and reuse, and solid waste management.”

Top mega projects planning to incorporate sustainable building design in Saudi Arabia include The Red Sea tourism project, NEOM in Tabuk, and Qidiya – Saudi’s largest entertainment city.

“Vision 2030 targets the contribution to GDP of real estate alone to grow from 5-10% by the deadline,” says event director for The Big 5 Saudi, Roni El Haddad.

In response, there are over 3,300 urban projects underway, representing 70% of all KSA construction, and an incredible 4,700 active construction projects in the Kingdom today, he added.

Aside from keeping professionals up to date with their industry, The Big 5 Saudi will offer a wealth of building materials and construction solutions from 400 local and international exhibitors, including an outdoor zone dedicated to heavy machinery.

Organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa and MICE Arabia, the event is co-located with Wood Tech & Design Expo Saudi 2018.

The show will feature 54 CPD-certified talks on topics that include General Construction, Project Management, and Sustainability, Architecture & Design.

The event is supported by Platinum Sponsor and Registration Sponsor - Al Bawani, Gold Sponsor – GROHE and AL YAMAMAH STEEL, and Strategic Partner – Building Technology Stimulus Fund.


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