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Challenges to the implementation of building management systems in Saudi Arabia

Mohammad A. Hassanain (Architectural Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
Ameen Bin-Mohanna (Architectural Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
Abdul-Mohsen Al-Hammad (Architectural Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)
Muizz O. Sanni-Anibire (Architectural Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 11 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present an assessment of the challenges to the implementation of building management systems (BMS) in Saudi Arabia, during the life cycle of building projects.

Design/methodology/approach

Review of literature and interviews were conducted with professionals to identify and synthesize the challenges to the implementation of BMS in Saudi Arabia. This formed the basis of three questionnaire surveys that were designed utilizing a five-point Likert scale, and consisted of 32 challenges. The surveys were assessed by representatives of architectural/engineering (A/E) firms, BMS installation sub-contractors and facilities managers to calculate the effect index of each challenge.

Findings

The top influential challenges pertaining to the briefing and design phase includes “inappropriate selection of the BMS,” “inappropriate selection of the A/E team”; installation and final acceptance phase includes “inappropriate selection of sub-contractors to install the BMS” and “inappropriate selection of the BMS suppliers,” operation and maintenance phase includes “inadequate initial training for the BMS facility personnel,” “poor operation and maintenance activities.”

Practical implications

The paper is of practical benefit to stakeholders in the building industry, as it allows for the development of an effective BMS implementation plan.

Originality/value

The study increases the level of awareness in the building industry about the challenges that influence the implementation of BMS.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals for the support and facilities that made this research possible.

Citation

Hassanain, M.A., Bin-Mohanna, A., Al-Hammad, A.-M. and Sanni-Anibire, M.O. (2017), "Challenges to the implementation of building management systems in Saudi Arabia", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 130-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-05-2016-0022

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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