He said that application is mandatory for large engineering projects and will begin on Jan. 1, 2019. He noted that compulsory application for small residential buildings will start on Jan. 1, 2021, and that non-mandatory application will be available to all after the code is launched.

Al-Qasabi said that the proposed mechanism for the implementation of the code will allow the private sector to provide inspection services related to the work of the Saudi Building Code, after the approval of the private bodies and their acceptance by the Saudi Organization for Standardization, Metrology, and Quality and the Saudi Accreditation Committee. He added that the mechanism was presented to the National Committee, such as the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, the Civil Defense, and the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

He pointed to the formation of a working team to follow up on the latest developments in the field of modern construction techniques headed by the Ministry of Housing, where the team examines those technologies and the possibility of their application and then adapt them to the requirements of the code.