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MAJOR COMPONENTS OF “TYPICAL VILLA” IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR PRICE/COST INDEX DEVELOPMENT

Shash, Ali and Al-Mulla, Esam MAJOR COMPONENTS OF “TYPICAL VILLA” IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR PRICE/COST INDEX DEVELOPMENT. The 6th Saudi Engineering Conference, KFUPM, Dhahran, December 2002.

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Abstract

In spite of being the second largest industry after oil industry, the Saudi construction industry lacks the availability of proper information about its products and operations. One of the missing crucial information is this related to construction price and cost indexes for the different construction products (housing, highway, school, etc). The development of such indexes necessitates the identification of basic elements or components that need to be included in the index basket. Ingredients of villas as housing units are the elements needed for developing a housing index. This study identifies and defines the components of “The Typical Villa.” The files of 200 villas that were built in the Dhahran area in the last five years were obtained from the archives of the Dhahran Municipality. These files were inspected to determine the most common building systems used in villas. This study was able to identify and define the major components of “The Typical Villa”. The findings of this study set the first stone for developing a housing (residential villa) price/cost index. In addition, the study results will be of great interest to many architects, contractors, and suppliers. This work belongs to the Engineering Profession and its Practice in Saudi Arabia: Role of professional societies; local and international societies; challenges and problems; codes and ethics.



Item Type:Article
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Divisions:College Of Environmental Design > Construction Engineering and Management Dept
Creators:Shash, Ali and Al-Mulla, Esam
ID Code:1552
Deposited By:INVALID USER
Deposited On:01 Jun 2008 11:46
Last Modified:12 Apr 2011 13:11

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