Construction & Building
The building and construction sector in KSA has undergone remarkable changes in the last few decades. Reinforced concrete, frame structures, combined with modern architecture, have replaced traditional mud and stone-based construction.
The material properties improvement has to meet the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) standards.
Researchers work on improving construction materials by making them sustainable and of ultra-high strength – with new functionalities. They also work on multi-functionalities coating materials for fire protection self-cleaning and self-repair. The objective is to enhance and develop new affordable and durable local building materials.
Major research topics:
- Improved construction material (Cement, bricks, concrete, steel, wood, glass, grouting...)
- Improved asphalt material for roads.
- Fire protection
- Thermal isolation
- Self cleaning
- Self repairing