(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Representatives from the sultanate and other GCC countries met at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Tuesday to discuss the proposed unified building code which is likely to come into effect after 2015.
It was decided that the unified code will be in tune with international guidelines and will be drafted considering the environmental needs and topography of the region.
Saoud Nasser Mansoor al Khusaibi, director general for Standards and Metrology, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said, ''We have decided that the building code of Saudi Arabia will form the basis of the unified code. We will customise it through a pilot project which will be implemented across the GCC before the code comes into effect. We are following the required ISO norms. The aim is to implement a code which focuses on safe and environment-friendly architecture in the region.''
Khusaibi said that the pilot project will help to frame the unified code which will be implemented over a three-year period after 2015.
He said that a 40-member team is working to draft the code. ''We will also take views of stakeholders like builders and residents. The pilot project will also look into possible problems that might come up once the code comes into effect,'' added Khusaibi.<