The increase in the demand for housing in the Kingdom is one of the main obstacles facing the achievement of the goals for the development of the housing sector over the coming years. This is exacerbated by the fact that a large majority of the Kingdom’s population are under the age of 30, which means there is a particularly high rate of new households and thus big increase in the demand for housing.
One of the main obstacles to satisfying this demand is the high cost of building and construction. The Kingdom launched the Saudi Housing Initiative to contribute to the transfer, resettlement and development of the housing industry in the areas of construction, and to address the current and future housing challenges facing the Kingdom in terms of cost, efficiency and quality. Furthermore, sustainability standards will be applied to buildings through the use of energy-saving systems and the longevity of buildings will also be taken into account.
One of the most important features of the transfer, resettlement and development of this project is that it will allow increased opportunities for Saudization in the construction sector, thus reducing the amount of foreign labor used. It will also increase the opportunities of the local private sector, and will produce numerous residential units for future generations. The objectives of this project include:
- Transfer, localization and development of building automation systems.
- Design Structural framing techniques and composite materials.
- Develop Coating and thermal insulation techniques to reduce electricity consumption.
This project aims to conduct applied research, to achieve technical independence, develop experimental models, and enhance the participation of the industrial sector in national enterprises.