At the beginning of next July, the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing will start applying the Saudi Building Code to residential buildings of three floors and less in cooperation with the concerned authorities in 3 sectors. Its application is to reduce the manipulation of specifications and the phenomenon of “carton villas”. The Ministry participates in the application of the code, the relevant authorities, which are the Ministry of Interior “General Directorate of Civil Defense”, the Ministry of Energy, and the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization. The municipality worked to include a package of possible programs by providing engineering office services through the “Etmam” developer services center, with electronic qualification and immediate licensing of engineering offices, in addition to the “approved contractor” and “Wa’ed” programs, and the classification services for contractors developed on My platform. The durability and stability of residential buildings. The code applies to all construction works in the public and private sectors on new buildings, including design, implementation, operation, maintenance and modification, as well as existing buildings in the event of restoration, change of use, expansion or modification. The Saudi Building Code aims to set the minimum requirements and conditions that achieve the minimum level of safety and health, through the durability, stability and stability of buildings and facilities, facilitating access to them, providing a healthy environment, adequate lighting and ventilation, energy rationalization, implementation of thermal insulation works, and protection of lives and property from earthquake hazards.
The General Supervisor of the Land Agency and the Technical Affairs Agency in the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing – Hassan Al-Hazmi explained in media statements that the cost of securing the specified residential buildings will be 1.5% of the total construction of the building, and added that the number of offices licensed to provide services for new construction models reaches about 800. An engineering office, pointing out that work is also underway to increase its number in order to activate the application. While the Secretary-General of the National Committee for the Saudi Building Code – Amin Al-Shuail said: The Saudi Building Code for the residential sector came to limit the existence of the so-called “carton villas”, and correct errors and abuses in violation of regulations, which occur in some residential buildings, pointing out that there will be no change In the prices of buildings in the event that the application of the code is implemented correctly and through an approved contractor. Five phases of application The code goes through five phases: the first from 07/11/1439 AH until the end of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1440 AH on government administrative buildings, high buildings (towers – more than 23 m), hospitals, hotels, and the second from 01/1441 AH 01/01 AH until the end of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1441 AH on the buildings of gatherings (mosques-sports facilities), educational buildings, commercial complexes, communication towers, industrial buildings and facilities, buildings less than 23 AD, high-risk buildings and facilities and the third phase from 01/01/1442 AH Until the end of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1442 AH on the gathering buildings (wedding halls, cinemas, theaters) health care centers, furnished hotel apartments, hostels, residential buildings and recreational services buildings. As for the fourth phase from 01/01/1443 AH until the end of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1443 AH The code is applied during it in addition to what was applied in the three phases on business buildings (airports, banks, television stations, post) and in the fifth phase from 01/01/1444 AH until the end of the month of Dhu al-Hijjah 1444 AH, during which the code is applied in addition to what was applied in the phases the four on All types of construction classified in it.