Environmental impacts of construction activities: A case of Lusaka, Zambia

Chanda Musenga, Clinton Aigbavboa

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Abstract

The construction industry plays a vital role in wealth creation through provision of infrastructure. However, the industry is known to be a major contributor to environmental degradation. This paper presents the results of the study, which assessed the environmental impacts of construction activities in Zambia. A quantitative approach was adopted for the study and a well-structured questionnaire survey was conducted on the construction professionals. Analysis of the data was done using the mean item scores. The study revealed that interface with the ecosystem, increase in various types of pollution and deforestation are the major impacts. Finally, there is need to adopt and implement sustainable construction practices as a way of reducing the impacts of construction activities on the environment. This can be achieved if all the stakeholders are involved, especially the government, which plays a cardinal role in the formulation of regulations and policies that support sustainable construction practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, 2018
EditorsChristianne Falcao, Jerzy Charytonowicz
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages535-541
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783319941981
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAHFE International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume788
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Conference

ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Human Factors, Sustainable Urban Planning and Infrastructure, 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period21/07/1825/07/18

Keywords

  • Construction activities
  • Construction industry
  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Zambia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science

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