A stakeholder perspective on the implementation of sustainable construction practices

Nokulunga Xolile Mashwama, Didibhuku Thwala, Clinton Aigbavboa, Mansur Hamma-Adama

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The South African construction industry accounts for 23% of the greenhouse emissions, while manufactured materials amount to 4% of carbon dioxide emission. The human emission of greenhouse gases is the reason why the earth is warming up and making climate change a serious problem. The study adopted a quantitative approach in order to investigate on a stakeholder’s perspective on level of implementation and awareness of Sustainable Construction Practices (SCPS). A structured survey questionnaire was used as a tool for data collection where the questionnaires were distributed to construction industry stakeholders. Out of the 75 distributed questionnaires, 60 were retrieved and all were valid and usable. The study revealed that sustainable construction practices is partially implemented and the responded are aware of Industrialization building system; construction ecology; life cycle costing; design for the environment; lean construction as the best construction practices that when fully adopted they would contribute greatly to the ecosystem we live in. This study contributes to a wider awareness of SCPs to the professional in the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberSUS-04
JournalProceedings of International Structural Engineering and Construction
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event3rd European and Mediterranean Structural Engineering and Construction Conference, EURO-MED-SEC-3 2020 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 3 Aug 20208 Aug 2020


  • Construction ecology
  • Lean construction
  • Lifecycle costing
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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