GCC commits to adopting unified building code

High-level committee to draft unified building code for whole GCC

Jeff Willis from the EGBC says all the basic requirements for a region-wide system are already in place.
Jeff Willis from the EGBC says all the basic requirements for a region-wide system are already in place.

A unified building code is to be adopted by all GCC member countries, according to a decision taken at the 14th meeting of the GCC Standardisation Organisation board in Jeddah. The technical office for the project will be hosted by Qatar.

A high-level committee will be established to draft the GCC’s unified building code, with input from the national standardisation bodies of all member states.

The General Secretariat of the GCC Standardisation Organisation will “review and approve the annual operating plan for the office, and study the national mechanisms and methods to prepare the draft unified building code,” it said.

Countries as far afield as Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan are all currently implementing their own green building rating systems. Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC) vice co-chairman and Arup associate director Jeff Willis recently told CW: “I would like to start with them all using the same building codes, and thereafter maybe we can start moving to a regional sustainability system."

Willis cautioned: “You end up with problems just generating paperwork to make sure you are covering the right codes, and you have to know what they are in different places.” He added that “all the basic requirements are the same, so they could all operate on a similar code system.”

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