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Adaptability capacity framework for sustainable practices in the Ghanaian construction industry

Mark Pim-Wusu (Department of Building Technology, Accra Technical University, Accra, Ghana)
Clinton Aigbavboa (Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Wellington Didibhuku Thwala (Department of Civil Engineering, University of South Africa–Muckleneuk Campus, Pretoria, South Africa)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 4 October 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023




The urgent need to preserve the ecosystem, which faces a threat from non-environmentally-friendly anthropogenic activities, has led to the study of adaptive capacity implementation. There is an indication that the construction industries in developed countries are relatively better equipped to pursue sustainable construction than those in the developing world. Despite this, sustainable construction is yet to be established in developing countries. This research aims to develop a framework to drive and enable small and medium-sized (SME) firms in Ghana to implement adaptive capacity.


The study adopted a quantitative approach, and 400 responses were retrieved as a sample size for which a six-factor adaptive capacity implementation framework was arrived at for SMEs in the Ghanaian construction industry. The data gathered from the respondents were analysed using IBM SPSS version 26 and AMOS version 24, and a structural equation modelling was also used to determine the work's validity based on the AMOS software.


The findings revealed that education and training, government support and a centralised information hub significantly influence adaptive capacity outcomes in Ghana.

Practical implications

It is recommended that the government, corporate and professional institutions that desire to preserve the country's ecosystem be guided by this study's adaptive capacity implementation framework.


This study's novelty also lies in the integrated framework for adaptive capacity implementation developed to aid small- and medium- sized enterprises in Ghana's construction industry to ensure environmentally-friendly construction activities.



Pim-Wusu, M., Aigbavboa, C. and Thwala, W.D. (2023), "Adaptability capacity framework for sustainable practices in the Ghanaian construction industry", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 89-104.



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