(MENAFN - Arab News) The Ministry of Water and Electricity has authorized the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to implement the Royal Decree that made thermal insulation mandatory at all new buildings.
The mandatory condition for under-construction buildings - residential and commercial - had been effective since the beginning of this month.
The ministry's authorization includes the SEC inspecting compliance to the royal order through field visits at all cities in the country, according to an a source cited.
The source said power would be cut as a penalty at noncompliant construction sites. He said the task (of inspecting the implementation of the royal order) required the SEC to hire more manpower and allocate more funds, adding the company will establish an independent administration for thermal insulation inspections and recruit 32 inspectors in Riyadh and 37 in Eastern Province as well as five supervisors.
The company is coordinating with municipalities. This coordination entails making the signing of an undertaking to implement thermal insulation a condition before issuing clearances for new residential plans and buildings to owners, after which the company would receive a copy of the clearance and follow up with the owner compliance. All under-construction buildings' owners are adhering to the insulation condition so far, the source said.
Secretary General of the Saudi Green Buildings Forum Faisal Al-Fadl said more than 65 green-building projects were commenced in Saudi Arabia in two years and that 20 percent of Middle East's green buildings were in the Kingdom.
He said buildings consume 80 percent of the country's electrical power.
Thermal insulation contribute largely in reducing power-consumption in buildings, however, the type of materials the outer sides of buildings contain can also have an essential effect on saving power.