Modeling relationship between success factors (policies) and critical success criteria (goals) for sustainable housing in developing countries

Michael Atafo Adabre, Albert P.C. Chan, David J. Edwards

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Abstract

Policymakers worldwide seek to adopt sustainable housing strategies/policies to achieve sustainable development in cities and beyond. Securing such policies is more exigent in most developing economies especially in sub-Saharan Africa, considering rampant urbanization, frequent power outages, the housing unaffordability crisis and a proliferation of slum in cities. However, empirical studies on investigating the impact of policies on goals for sustainable housing are sparse. This study models the relationship between success factors and critical success criteria for sustainable housing development in Ghanaian cities. A positivist philosophical stance and deductive reasoning were adopted to conduct deterministic modelling of primary questionnaire data collected via a cross-sectional time horizon. Questionnaire data was garnered from respondents employed by regulated institutions responsible for the Ghanaian housing market. Subsequent analysis utilized partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM). Findings revealed that ‘developers enabling’ factors and ‘mixed-use development’ factors had significant impacts on sustainable housing. ‘Household-enabling’ factors, though not significant, have high performance/index value on sustainable housing. Aside their insignificant impact, land-use planning factors had low-performance value. Essentially, while pointing out the crucial factors for sustainable housing, the findings also caution policymakers on possible counterproductive policies and serve to engender wider polemic debate and discussion.Highlights Developers’ enabling success factors have a significant impact on sustainable housing. Mixed-use development success factors also have a significant impact on sustainable housing. Households’ enabling’ success factors could have rebound effects on sustainable housing. Land-use planning success factors do not have a significant impact on sustainable housing. The findings caution policy-makers on possible inefficient and counterproductive policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1642-1652
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Construction Management
Volume23
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Critical success factors
  • model
  • success criteria
  • sustainable housing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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