Energy Savings and Sustainable Construction: Examining the Advantages of Nanotechnology

Ayodeji E. Oke, Clinton O. Aigbavboa, Kgothatso Semenya

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Abstract

Due to innovation and technological advancement, construction activities have continuously been subjected to alteration, modifications and changes in an attempt for the industry to meet the demands and aspiration of their clients. One of the technologies gaining popularity in the industry, especially in the developed ones, is nanotechnology, and this study explores the benefits of adopting the system for traditional construction materials with a view to enhancing sustainability of construction projects. Relevant literature materials were examined and seventeen advantages of nanotechnology were extracted and discussed. The factors were further assessed through the administration of closed-ended questionnaires on construction professionals with adequate knowledge of construction activities and associated materials. It was revealed that the adoption of nanotechnology will not only enhance the functionality of traditional materials but will also reduce carbon emission and reduce energy consumption. Other advantages of the method were discussed in this paper and to this end, there is need to create awareness of the system in the construction industry as its adoption will aid the achievement of sustainable infrastructures that will be useful and beneficial to the current and future generations of the society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3839-3843
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume142
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event9th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE 2017 - Cardiff, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 Aug 201724 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Construction materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Project success
  • Sustainable construction
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy

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