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Sustainable Construction

Sustainable Construction in Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is the largest economy as well as the largest construction industry in the Middle East with construction market valued at $732 billion according to Middle East Economic Digest, and Deloitte, 2013. However, sustainable constructions have not yet been especially considered in the country. Saudi Arabia has the potential to increase environmental techniques and “green” construction practices especially in major cities like Mecca, which is the area of the study holding about 37% of total projects in progress.

The research will expand knowledge on sustainable construction specifically for this part of the world where no sustainable regulations or guidelines yet exist. It will analyse sustainable construction techniques and materials and their feasibility for use in the area, with focus on how to optimize success in construction techniques, the use of sustainable materials and construction/project management. The study will identify problems and threats (as a result of the analysis of existing regulations, standards and construction practice) and will propose solutions producing practical, ‘best practice’ proposals. The project will consider: building standards; environmental regulations (with respect of energy efficiency and materials); energy efficient lighting; use of recycled/sustainable materials; solar heating and electricity; rainwater collection- ‘ecoroofs’ and design.

Environmentally friendly developments have not yet been especially considered in either area of study, however both Mecca and Dubai have the potential to increase environmental techniques and “green” construction. The research will expand knowledge on sustainable construction management. It will consider solutions to issues relevant to management applications, innovation, environment and economics by proposing suitable techniques and best practice for overcoming restrictions.

Project coordinator: Associate Prof. Sara Pavia, Funded by: Saudi Arabian Ministry of Higher Education.