Saudi to make insulation mandatory for residential buildings across 24 cities in a bid to save energy costs

Posted on 23rd October 2014

Saudi Arabia will soon make it mandatory for residential buildings in 24 major cities across the kingdom to have thermal insulation in a bid to save on rising energy costs, said a report.

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About 70 per cent of residential buildings in the country lack thermal insulation, reported Arab News, citing Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Prince Mansour bin Miteb.

He was speaking at the opening of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Forum and Exhibition 2014, which opened on Tuesday (October 21) at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre in the Saudi capital.

Prince Mansour pointed out that the thermal insulation would rationalise the consumption of energy and bring many benefits to the country and its citizens.

The Saudi Energy Efficiency Forum is an attempt by the government to control and rationalise energy consumption in the kingdom and raise efficiency in buildings, transportation and industrial sectors, which account for 90 per cent of local energy usage, he added.

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