Smart buildings don’t impress Saudis

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saudi propertySmart building concepts seem to be not a great sales proposition for Saudi property buyers. Though architects in the country have stressed the importance of implementing smart building technologies in residential and commercial projects in the country that can save 30 per cent of power consumption and cut down construction costs by 60 per cent, demand for such buildings is low.

The ratio of smart buildings is not more than 5 per cent of total residential projects, Abdullah Bakr Radwan, member of the national committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers, said.

“There are difficulties in implementation of smart building technologies since Saudis look for wide space, which is not available in smart buildings,” he said, adding that “Another obstacle to increasing residential units in the Kingdom in general is the high land prices.”

Implementation of smart buildings is growing significantly in other Gulf countries, where they already account for 40 per cent of all residential projects.

Radwan said the Saudi government had paved the way for smart building projects by endorsing modern building codes that are based on scientific evidence and protection from hazards.

“The idea should be promoted through consultancy agencies, which should propose it to contractors,” he said.

Real estate developers say smart buildings do not seem to be popular in Saudi Arabia as they are in other Gulf countries, but this will change in the next few years following the endorsement of the new code.

“The volume of investment in smart buildings can exceed $37 billion in the next eight years,” said real estate developer Abdullah Al Sulaimani.

“Air-conditioning, heating and lighting technologies implemented in smart buildings save power, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and lower water consumption by 50 per cent. Construction wastes will also be reduced by 90 percent with the implementation of smart building methods,” he said.

“Converting an existing building into a smart building would cost as much as 50 to 100 per cent of the original construction costs, depending on the changes and additions,” he said, adding that it was difficult to determine the average costs for construction of smart buildings because they differ in classification and levels. It was a domain where options and possibilities that can be costly depend on the technological services desired, he added.

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Smart building concepts seem to be not a great sales proposition for Saudi property buyers. Though architects in the country have stressed the importance of implementing smart building technologies in residential and commercial projects in the country that can save 30 per cent of power consumption and cut down construction costs by 60 per cent, demand for such buildings is low.

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saudi propertySmart building concepts seem to be not a great sales proposition for Saudi property buyers. Though architects in the country have stressed the importance of implementing smart building technologies in residential and commercial projects in the country that can save 30 per cent of power consumption and cut down construction costs by 60 per cent, demand for such buildings is low.

The ratio of smart buildings is not more than 5 per cent of total residential projects, Abdullah Bakr Radwan, member of the national committee at the Council of Saudi Chambers, said.

“There are difficulties in implementation of smart building technologies since Saudis look for wide space, which is not available in smart buildings,” he said, adding that “Another obstacle to increasing residential units in the Kingdom in general is the high land prices.”

Implementation of smart buildings is growing significantly in other Gulf countries, where they already account for 40 per cent of all residential projects.

Radwan said the Saudi government had paved the way for smart building projects by endorsing modern building codes that are based on scientific evidence and protection from hazards.

“The idea should be promoted through consultancy agencies, which should propose it to contractors,” he said.

Real estate developers say smart buildings do not seem to be popular in Saudi Arabia as they are in other Gulf countries, but this will change in the next few years following the endorsement of the new code.

“The volume of investment in smart buildings can exceed $37 billion in the next eight years,” said real estate developer Abdullah Al Sulaimani.

“Air-conditioning, heating and lighting technologies implemented in smart buildings save power, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and lower water consumption by 50 per cent. Construction wastes will also be reduced by 90 percent with the implementation of smart building methods,” he said.

“Converting an existing building into a smart building would cost as much as 50 to 100 per cent of the original construction costs, depending on the changes and additions,” he said, adding that it was difficult to determine the average costs for construction of smart buildings because they differ in classification and levels. It was a domain where options and possibilities that can be costly depend on the technological services desired, he added.

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