Saudi Arabia's sustainable housing limitations: The experts views

Saied AI Surf, M, Trigunarsyah, B and Susilawati, C 2013, 'Saudi Arabia's sustainable housing limitations: The experts views', Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 251-271.


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Title Saudi Arabia's sustainable housing limitations: The experts views
Author(s) Saied AI Surf, M
Trigunarsyah, B
Susilawati, C
Year 2013
Journal name Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
Volume number 2
Issue number 3
Start page 251
End page 271
Total pages 21
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to attempt to bridge the gap between sustainable housing and the use of smart technologies to improve the level of sustainability in the housing construction in Saudi Arabia, by discussing the barriers and enablers concerned with applying sustainability to housing construction in Saudi Arabia, which utilises smart technologies. A Delphi method survey was employed, for which 25 individuals from three key stakeholder groups of the Saudi housing sector participated. They were asked about their degree of agreement (or disagreement) about the various barriers and enablers of applying sustainability to housing construction in Saudi Arabia, which utilises smart technologies. This research paper must be considered as an indicative study of selected experts that do not represent in any way the total population of Saudi Arabia. Lack of public awareness has been identified as the most significant barrier in implementing sustainable housing development in Saudi Arabia, which utilises smart technologies. Raising awareness of the public to the benefits of sustainable housing and enlightening key project stakeholders in the design of sustainable housing are both essential in order to overcome the barriers discussed in this paper. In addition, it is important to adopt smart sustainable construction methods, exemplified by but not limited to, appropriate water preservation and wastewater treatment systems that are simultaneously smart and sustainable. This particular research has dealt with only barriers and enablers in the application of sustainability to housing in Saudi Arabia, which utilises smart technologies. For a more complete understanding, there is a need for further analysis of supplementary factors. A study such as this, which identifies and prioritises barriers and enablers, could prove useful in guiding or encouraging the relevant ministry in Saudi Arabia to develop policies founded in the implementation of sustainability to the housing sec
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Saudi housing barriers
Saudi housing construction
Saudi housing enablers
Saudi housing problems
Saudi housing stakeholders
Sustainable Saudi housing
DOI - identifier 10.1108/SASBE-04-2013-0022
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