KSA takes the LEED in sustainability measures
Nearly 700 buildings in KSA expected to be nominated for LEED status
Nearly 700 buildings in an array of construction projects underway in Saudi Arabia are expected to be nominated for LEED certification over the next few years according to Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Motrif, director of Smart Campuses & Building Department at the Ministry of Higher Education.
According to Andrew Jackson, a Director at SAS International, a leading manufacturer of interior fit-out products and green building solutions: "Green building is something that SAS International has been involved with for many years and there are a number of projects in the Middle East including King Saud University in Riyadh where we have installed metal ceiling systems.
"Our metal solutions can help towards a building meeting LEED standards. But more importantly projects are now demanding long term-value of any product balanced with environmental credentials which closely reflects the Saudi government's own vision for a more sustainable future."
The Kingdom has set forth several regulations regarding green building and included sustainability practices into the vision set out by the government.
Due to the increasing knowledge about green building and with government support, developers have pursued LEED certification primarily from the US.
Major projects have gained certification, such as the King Abdullah Economic City and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology which holds a Platinum certification (2009) - the first in Saudi Arabia and the world's largest at the time.
Developers in the region once again will focus on the benefits of implementing green building practices into future projects at the upcoming Big 5 Saudi exhibition from March 9-12, 2013.