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Saudi Building Code National Committee launches SBC electronic version concurrently with National Day
The Saudi Building Code "SBC" National Committee lunched the SBC electronic version in concurrence with Saudi Arabia's celebration of its 88th National Day. This action is taken under oversight and follow up by Dr. Majed Abdullah Al-Qassabi, Minister of Commerce and Investment, Board Chairman, Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization "SASO".
Dr. Saad Othman Al-Qassabi, Chairman, the Saudi Building Code National Committee said that the code update is a national accomplishment that was made in line with the qualitative economic development witnessed in our dear homeland. Now, we are aspiring that the code would contribute to realization of the targeted growth of construction and building sector and achievement of the sustainable development in our dear Kingdom. Dr. Al-Qassabi expressed his confidence that SBC will be significant plus to development projects because of its technical details and requirements and administrative and legal provisions upgrading safety in the Saudi construction and building sector.
The SBC National Committee Chairman appreciated the Commerce and Investment Minister's support and care for the committee's activities. He deems this support an important accelerator in completing the code development and updating as scheduled in a professional practice.
Dr. Al-Qassabi expressed his thanks to all the technical committees, which participated in developing and updating the code with membership of many Saudi cadres with long academic and practical experiences. These efforts yielded an updated version of SBC matching international building codes. He added SBC is the main reference of GCC Building Code "GBC". Taking SBC as reference for GBC indicates the huge efforts of exerted persistent work to produce SBC in its first and second versions with this caliber of high professionalism.
SBC Chairman stated that SBC updating activities took more than 11 subcommittees under the National Committee and its Advisory Committee. In parallel with this technical work, working teams were formed to draft the SBC executive regulation and SBC violations classification regulation Working teams were also formed to look unto training and awareness aspect through coordination with government and private stakeholders to develop SBC training and awareness plan commensurate with SBC gradual enforcement. Last year, SBC National Committee acted upon developing the proper business model and governance tools to reach sustainable institutional methodology for the Committee activities.
Dr. Saad Al-Qassabi maintained that the SBC National Committee has participants representative of Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Housing, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Saudi Standards, Metrology, Quality Organization and Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Council of Engineers, Saudi Geological Survey, Saudi Aramco, Council of Saudi Chambers, and 4 Saudi universities academicians. The Committee is welcoming the participation of all specialists in reviewing SBC technical and administrative documents and providing the Committee with any remarks recommended via the link therefor on SBC National Committee website.