Saudi authorities to issue standardized building codes
Saudi authorities are reportedly planning to issue in the near future a nationwide building code for implementing safety and public health standards throughout the Kingdom in an attempt to standardize building systems.
In the wake of the important decision, Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishal ibn Majed launched a seminar at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry in order to inform businessmen working in the Kingdom's construction sector on the importance of establishing the code, according to Arab News.
“The code will be issued in two groups: the basic regulations for buildings and the technical requirements,” said Mohammed Al-Naqadi, from the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and a member of the national committee that formulated the new standard.
“The challenge is finding qualified people to approve applications and inspect sites,” Al Naqadi added, explained that there has not been a consistent building standard, in Saudi Arabia, a situation which created discrepancies and confusion among government officials and private companies.
Representatives added that the building code committee, relevant ministries, universities, Saudi Aramco experts and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu are working together to establish a center to train building inspectors and other related administrators.
“There are specific standards for the legal aspects, electric works, public health, water, construction requirements and labor, and other regulations related to building, which will benefit all concerned parties,” said SASO General Director Nabeel Mulla.