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Residential buildings in Lebanon represent 83% of new construction permits in 2013

BEIRUT | iloubnan.info - July 07, 2014, 08h30
Figures released by the Order of Engineers of Beirut show that the surface area of newly-issued construction permits reached 7.23 million square meters (sqm) in 2013, constituting a decrease of 14.7% from 848 million sqm in 2012, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported.
The surface area of newly-issued construction permits for residential buildings was 5.98 million sqm last year and accounted for 82.8% of the total. Commercial buildings followed with 556,479 sqm (7.7%), building used for activities related to the industrial and agricultural sectors with 302,777 sqm (4.2%), general service buildings such as hospitals and schools with 171,880 square meters (2.4%), general purpose buildings with 159,789 sqm (2.2%), and buildings for hotel and tourism related-activities with 55,884 square meters (0.8%).

The surface area of newly-issued construction permits in Mount Lebanon was 4.6 million sqm last year and accounted for 63.5% of total registered new area in 2013. The South followed with 894,767 sqm (12.4%), the Bekaa with 649,313 sqm (9%), Beirut with 534,598 sqm (7.4%), Nabatieh with 443,122 sqm (6.1%), and the North with 103,901 sqm (1.4%).

The distribution of the surface area of newly-issued construction permits for residential buildings shows that Mount Lebanon accounted for 63.4% of total residential buildings, followed by the South with 13.8%, the Bekaa with 8.5%, Beirut with 6.5%, Nabatieh with 6.2% and the North with 1.5%. Also, new residential units totaled 20,717 last year, of which 71.9% were ordinary residential buildings, 13.1% were ordinary residential complexes, 7.7% were individual houses, 3.2% were villas, 2.1% were luxurious residential complexes and 2% were luxurious residential buildings.

In parallel, residential units with surface areas ranging between 101 and 150 sqm accounted for 48.8% of total new residential units in 2013. They were followed by units with surface areas ranging from 151 sqm to 200 sqm with 19.9%, units below 100 sqm (12.1%), individual houses (7.7%), units with areas between 201 sqm to 300 sqm (6.9%), villas (3.2%), units whose surface areas are between 301 to 400 sqm (1.1%) and units whose size is above 400 sqm (0.4%).
In comparison, residential units with surface areas ranging between 101 and 150 sqm accounted for 45% of total new residential units in 2012. They were followed by units with surface areas ranging from 151 sqm to 200 sqm with 24.4%, units with areas between 201 sqm to 300 sqm (10.8%), units below 100 sqm (6.8%), individual houses (6.6%), villas (4.1%), units whose surface areas are between 301 to 400 sqm (1.6%), and units whose size is above 400 sqm (0.7%).
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