Keynote speaker at the Building Technology Conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was not a position that was on my list of anticipated engagements in 2017. Tom Hardiman, Board Member of the Modular Building Institute in the US had recommended to the organisers that I would be an appropriate fit, so when invited I was pleased to be able to take part in such an important event.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has a similar challenge to the United Kingdom in terms of a need for affordable housing. Current estimates indicate the urgent need to build 1.5 million houses over the next 5-7 years to catch up on the housing gap.
To put that into perspective, that represents 17 857 units per month, 4120 per week, and assuming a 5 day working week, 824 a day!