Volume 4, 2019
|Number of page(s)||13|
|Section||Sustainable Building Materials and Construction|
|Published online||10 December 2019|
Adopting green building constructions in developing countries through capacity building strategy: survey of Enugu State, Nigeria
Department of Industrial Technical Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria
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Accepted: 21 October 2019
Green building (GB) constructions seeks to address housing demands of the growing populace with better qualities, energy efficiency, using recycled and recyclable materials, improve building lifespan and health of occupants. But GB adoption lags in developing countries. This study focused on driving the adoption of GB constructions in developing countries through capacity building strategy: survey of Enugu State, Nigeria. Structured questionnaire was used to collect data from 135 building workers in educational and industrial sectors across the registered construction companies and higher institutions in Enugu State. Mean and rank were used to answer the research questions, while t-test was used to test five null hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. Results revealed that there is need for capacity building in: GB design, GB site, GB construction, GB operation and maintenance, and GB construction and demolition waste management. Cluster t-test analysis showed discrepancies in the agreement of educational and industrial sector workers on GB design and GB construction needs. The implications for not adopting GB are continual conventional constructions with maximal exploitations and resource depletion. Thus, there is a gap in knowledge where sustainable development advocates, government and pioneers of green construction practices could channel efforts toward assisting the developing countries.
Key words: capacity building / green building construction / conventional construction / building maintenance / construction-demolition wastes
© D.U. Chukwu et al., published by EDP Sciences, 2019
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