An analysis of sustainability practices in the construction sector: A critical review

Malingaka Maoeng, Ndala Yves Mulongo, Clinton Aigbavboa

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As a major sector contributing to economic development, the construction industry also has substantial impacts on the environment and society. There are numerous environmental issues derived from construction activities such as outdoor and indoor environmental pollution, greenhouse gas emission, and influences on the ecological environment. As a response to these contests, the shift of the construction industry from the traditional paradigm towards more balanced development among the economic, social and environmental dimensions, i.e. sustainable development, has received global attentions. Even though many studies have been conducted on sustainable manufacturing, the critical assessment conducted in this study posits that there is much gap to be covered as far as research in this filed is concerned. Considering this gap, this study aimed at theoretically assessing sustainability in construction sector. The results of the critical appraisal of the current literature, clearly illustrate that there is a gap in the current body of knowledge particularly with SMEs. These can feed in future endeavours of crafting a framework for sustainable manufacturing for construction industry SMEs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1569-1578
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Issue numberSEP
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event3rd North American IEOM Conference. IEOM 2018 -
Duration: 27 Sept 201829 Sept 2018


  • Construction sector
  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Social
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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