Adopting sustainable construction in Nigeria: Major constraints

O. Akinshipe, I. B. Oluleye, C. Aigbavboa

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The implementation of sustainable practices within the built environment has taken over the world of construction. In as much as man continues to build, sustainable practices will continue to be a significant necessity. Like every significant change in the world, most countries have been faced with numerous challenges when adopting sustainable construction practices and Nigeria is not an exception. This study, therefore, investigates the factors impeding the adoption of sustainable construction in Nigeria. The aim of this study was achieved by seeking the opinion of various built environment professionals within Ondo State, Nigeria. The survey research design was adopted for this study and the data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics. Findings from the study revealed that inadequate knowledge and lack of expertise in sustainable construction practices are the greatest constraints faced in the bid to adopt sustainable construction. The study concluded that if attaining full sustainability is the goal of the Nigerian construction industry, professional bodies and relevant government agencies must organize workshops and training to educate construction professionals on their practicable roles in delivering sustainable development. Furthermore, experts in the field of sustainable construction preferably from countries which have fully adopted the concept should be invited to be part of some construction projects so as to provide on-site guidance and mentorship for local professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012020
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2019
Event1st International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructural Development, ICSID 2019 - Ota, Nigeria
Duration: 24 Jun 201928 Jun 2019


  • Construction professionals
  • Green building
  • Nigerian construction industry
  • Sustainable construction
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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