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Sustainability in the construction industry: a Lebanese case study

Z. Majdalani (Technical Office of the Prime Minister (Presidency of the Council of Ministers), Beirut, Lebanon)
M. Ajam (DG Jones and Partners, Beirut, Lebanon)
T. Mezher (American University of Beirut, Lebanon)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 1 March 2006

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Abstract

Sustainable construction is a way for the building industry to move towards achieving sustainable development, taking into account environmental, socio‐economic and cultural issues. Buildings, infrastructure and the environment are inextricably linked. Energy, materials, water and land are all consumed in the construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure. These built structures are also part of our living environment, affecting our living conditions, social well‐being and health. It is therefore important to explore environmentally and economically sound design and development techniques to ensure that buildings and infrastructure are sustainable, healthy and affordable. The objective of this paper is to investigate the role that the construction industry is playing in the sustainable development management globally and in Lebanon particularly. Survey questionnaires were distributed to main construction industry players: Contractors, Architects/Engineers and Owners/Developers. These questionnaires are designed to collect information on companies’ environmental awareness and social responsibilities and current practices that include land development, material selections, energy efficiency, construction operations, waste handling, storage facilities, sustainable designs and so on. The information is then analysed and recommendations are made on how to learn from socially responsible companies and how to improve the overall sustainable development of the construction industry in Lebanon.

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Majdalani, Z., Ajam, M. and Mezher, T. (2006), "Sustainability in the construction industry: a Lebanese case study", Construction Innovation, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 33-46. https://doi.org/10.1108/14714170610710613

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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