The kingdom – Saudi Arabia wish to invest more on green building projects. According to the Saudi Green Building Forum, investment in green building projects in the Kingdom is set to exceed $26 billion across 76 projects. These projects include the world’s largest green building development, covering more than 1.6 million square meters of gross site area -- the King Abdullah Financial District.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs is also setting up to make at least 90,000 mosques across the kingdom eco-friendly, using a variety of renewable energy sources.
International experts look forward to to see more organizations in Saudi Arabia take action to make existing buildings more efficient.
Their comments were made as they get together to further the dialogue around sustainable building alteration, including energy conservation and competence development during the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series held in Jeddah on Tuesday.
With the Kingdom’s commitment to advancing sustainable development plans, the event brought together more than 200 sustainability thought leaders, energy-efficiency experts and green building professionals from countries with emerging economies.
“Saudi Arabia has already shown strong interest in strengthening its green building presence. We hope our discussions here this week will help further drive advancements and shape the decisions made for years to come,” said John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Building & Industrial Systems.
The occasion was organised by UTC Building & Industrial Systems brands Carrier, the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions, and Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, with support from fire and security brands Edwards, Kidde and Marioff.
Launched in the Middle East in 2011, the eminent Sustainability Lecture Series has reached more than 2,500 experts through 22 events in Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.