Challenges facing sustainable housing in Saudi Arabia : a current study showing the level of public awareness

Susilawati, Connie & Al Surf, Muhammed (2011) Challenges facing sustainable housing in Saudi Arabia : a current study showing the level of public awareness. In The 17th Pacific Rim Real Estate Society Conference, 16 to 19 January 2011, Bond University, Gold Coast, Qld.

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Sustainable housing implementation requires strong support from the public, government and the housing industry. Lack of public awareness and understanding of the language and the meaning of sustainable housing may cause lack of public support. Salama stated that "sustainability or sustainable design is simply a rephrasing of some of the forgotten values of traditional architecture and urbanism"(Salama 2007). This exploratory paper examines public awareness of sustainable housing in Saudi Arabia. In developing countries, like Saudi Arabia, which have been experiencing a rapid rate of urbanisation, sustainable concept intervention is essential due to the scarcity of resources (Reffat 2004a). Sustainable building methods include the full use of the site design, passive solar design, natural light and ventilation. This paper reports on an exploratory survey on understanding the potential of the implementation of sustainable housing in Saudi Arabia. The main problem is that more than half of respondents were not aware of sustainable housing. Thus, one of the recommendations from the survey is to educate the public by using local media to inform people of the benefits of sustainable implementation to both new and existing housing stock.

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ID Code: 46328
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sustainable Housing, Public Awareness, Saudi Arabia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Housing Markets Development Management (120503)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2011 22:14
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2015 19:59

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