Barriers to the Adoption of Sustainable Construction Practice in Nigeria

Emmanuel Itodo Daniel, Oluwakemi Oshineye, Olalekan Oshodi

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    The construction industry consumes large amounts of resources (renewable and non-renewable) and emits greenhouse gasses annually. The greenhouse emissions have been associated with the rise in global temperature. The increase in global temperature is principally responsible for the rise in natural disasters which is being experienced in most coastal cities around the world. Information gleaned from literature suggests that the adoption of sustainable construction practices would results in significant reduction in greenhouse emission from the construction sector. While the call for sustainability practice in the built environment sector has received much attention from clients, contractors, small and medium scale companies, researchers, social enterprises, Government and its regulatory bodies in countries such as the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia among others. There is limited study that has examined sustainable construction practice in developing country such as Nigeria. Additionally, the barriers to its adoption in Nigeria still remain unclear. The key question therefore is; what are most significant barriers to sustainable construction practice in Nigeria? The aim of the current research is to assess the barriers to the adoption of sustainable construction practices in Nigeria. A total of 150 questionnaires were disseminated to major construction industry stakeholders based in Abuja, Nigeria. The study found that lack of expertise, lack of strategy to promote sustainable construction and lack of demand are the most significant barriers to the adoption of sustainable construction practice in Nigeria. Addressing these barriers would improve the use of sustainable construction practices in Nigeria and other similar developing countries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication34TH Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, Belfast, UK
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018


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