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Making a Case for the Adoption of Industry 4.0 Technologies for Sustainable Housing Delivery in Saudi Arabia

Alhamoudi, Abdullah Mazen; Osunsanmi, Temidayo O.

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Abdullah Mazen Alhamoudi



Abstract

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) grapples with the challenge of achieving sustainable housing delivery amidst rapid urbanization and rising construction costs. Current housing strategies have failed to offer a lasting solution to the crisis. To address these issues, this study advocates the adoption of fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies for sustainable housing. The previous literature highlights the versatility of 4IR technologies, prompting an examination of their suitability and benefits for housing delivery. Thus, this study was aimed at evaluating suitable 4IR technologies for housing delivery and the benefits of adopting the technologies for sustainable housing delivery. The data used were collected via random sampling from stakeholders in the housing sector and analyzed using SPSS V 24, including mean scores, frequencies, and principal component analysis (PCA). The KMO and Bartlett’s test of sphericity confirmed that the data were appropriate for PCA and identified three key components of 4IR technology: Immersive technologies, smart connectivity, and automated construction sites suitable for sustainable housing delivery. These components enhance decision-making, operational efficiency, and project management throughout the housing delivery process. The study emphasizes the potential of 4IR technologies to transform the housing sector in the KSA sustainably, offering insights for both practice and research.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 16, 2024
Online Publication Date Apr 18, 2024
Publication Date 2024
Deposit Date Apr 21, 2024
Publicly Available Date Apr 22, 2024
Electronic ISSN 2071-1050
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 8
Article Number 3399
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su16083399
Keywords automation, fourth industrial revolution, immersive technology, smart connectivity
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/3597198

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