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Stakeholder’s Perspective on Green Building Rating Systems in Saudi Arabia: The Case of LEED, Mostadam, and the SDGs

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U.S. Green Building Council and Green Business Certification Institute, Jeddah 23525, Saudi Arabia
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Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Taif University, Taif 21099, Saudi Arabia
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Civil Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Taif University, Taif 21099, Saudi Arabia
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Electrical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Taif University, Taif 21099, Saudi Arabia
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Academic Editors: Georgia Warren-Myers and András Reith
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8463; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158463
Received: 31 March 2021 / Revised: 14 June 2021 / Accepted: 25 June 2021 / Published: 29 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability Rating Tools in the Built Environment)
This paper discusses in detail the current level of awareness of the Saudi Arabia stakeholders regarding the use and application of green building rating systems. The paper used a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods through an exploratory method that utilized an online survey targeting experts and construction stakeholders to fill the gap of previous research papers and support the argument of the increase in the level of the awareness of stakeholders in the use and application of green building rating systems in Saudi Arabia. This research aims to focus on the level of awareness of the Saudi construction market stakeholders on green building rating systems in Saudi Arabia with focus on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design system LEED and Mostadam. It also investigated which rating system responds to the need of the Saudi construction market with regard to energy conservation and water consumption more effectively. The methodology utilized in this research used a combination of primary and secondary data where the primary data were a survey sent to Saudi construction stakeholders where a total of 1320 respondents participated in the survey. Results from this research showed a promising number of agreements between the participating stakeholders to the level of awareness of green building rating systems in Saudi Arabia and to the willingness to use internationally recognized rating systems such as LEED and the use of locally recognized systems such as Mostadam. Furthermore, the research aims to link the results with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on SDGs 6 and 7. The results show a high level of appreciation and agreement to the importance of energy and water conservation in green buildings that will be using either LEED or Mostadam in Saudi Arabia and accomplish the targets outlined under the SDGs. View Full-Text
Keywords: green building; sustainable buildings; sustainable development; stakeholder awareness; Mostadam; LEED; sustainable development goals green building; sustainable buildings; sustainable development; stakeholder awareness; Mostadam; LEED; sustainable development goals
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Al-Surf, M.; Balabel, A.; Alwetaishi, M.; Abdelhafiz, A.; Issa, U.; Sharaky, I.; Shamseldin, A.; Al-Harthi, M. Stakeholder’s Perspective on Green Building Rating Systems in Saudi Arabia: The Case of LEED, Mostadam, and the SDGs. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8463. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158463

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Al-Surf M, Balabel A, Alwetaishi M, Abdelhafiz A, Issa U, Sharaky I, Shamseldin A, Al-Harthi M. Stakeholder’s Perspective on Green Building Rating Systems in Saudi Arabia: The Case of LEED, Mostadam, and the SDGs. Sustainability. 2021; 13(15):8463. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158463

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Al-Surf, Mohammed, Ashraf Balabel, Mamdooh Alwetaishi, Ahmed Abdelhafiz, Usama Issa, Ibrahim Sharaky, Amal Shamseldin, and Mosleh Al-Harthi. 2021. "Stakeholder’s Perspective on Green Building Rating Systems in Saudi Arabia: The Case of LEED, Mostadam, and the SDGs" Sustainability 13, no. 15: 8463. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158463

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