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Experts to debate safety design in buildings

Experts will offer insights through presentations and panel discussions for an improved protection of people and assets at the upcoming Safety Design in Buildings (SDiB) conference in Kuwait. The summit, a GCC-wide initiative to d

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Saudi buildings life span ‘25 -50 years’

The average life span of buildings in Saudi Arabia is between 25 and 50 years, as against 100 years in other countries, a top official was quoted as saying. Poor design and implementation, absence of regular maintenance work, and

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Insulation ‘key to cutting buildings’ energy use’

While good thermal insulation is crucial to prevent heat from seeping in through the exterior of buildings, it can also reduce a building’s energy consumption by half, said an industry expert. “The easiest and cheapest

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Insulation ‘key to cutting buildings’ energy use’

While good thermal insulation is crucial to prevent heat from seeping in through the exterior of buildings, it can also reduce a building’s energy consumption by half, said an industry expert. “The easiest and cheapest

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Dorma eyes 25pc ME growth

Dorma, a global company providing access solutions and services enabling better buildings, is expecting a 25 per growth in the Middle East region, it said. The growth is reflected in the increasing numbers of projects across the r

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New tech palaces: visionary HQs or cursed trophies?

While much of corporate America is retrenching on the real estate front, the four most influential technology companies in America are each planning headquarters that could win a Pritzker Architecture Prize for h

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Arabtec wins $197m contract in Jordan

UAE-based contractor Arabtec has won a $197 million contract to build three properties including Jordan's first St Regis hotel and two residential towers in Amman from Abu Dhabi developer Al Maabar. Work on the three 17-storey

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Bahrain mulls disabled-friendly buildings

All new buildings in the Muharraq area of Bahrain could soon be forced to ensure they are equipped for people with special needs, a report said. Councillors have agreed to order commercial and residential establishments to include

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90 unsafe buildings razed down in Bahrain

A total of 90 dangerous buildings in Manama have been partially demolished in the last three months as part of a crackdown on unsafe living conditions, a report said. The figure is expected to reach around 100 in the coming days,

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Buildings to generate more power than they use

  Two office blocks by the Oslo fjord will generate more power than they use from 2014 after a radical refit meant to show that the world's energy-squandering building sector can do more to figh

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