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Awareness and practice of the principles of circular economy among built environment professionals

Judith Amudjie (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Kofi Agyekum (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Emmanuel Adinyira (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Samuel Amos-Abanyie (Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Victoria Maame Afriyie Kumah (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 12 September 2022

Issue publication date: 17 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study examines the level of awareness and practice of the principles of circular economy (CE) among built environment (BE) professionals in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured questionnaire survey was used to solicit the views of 162 BE professionals working in construction, consulting and developer firms on the issue under investigation. Data were analysed through descriptive and inferential analysis.

Findings

The findings revealed that the BE professionals possessed moderate awareness of the six CE principles (i.e. repair, recycle, reuse, renewable energy usage, reduce and redesign) examined. The findings further revealed that only two out of the six principles (i.e. repair and reuse) received some moderate level of practice among the professionals.

Practical implications

Practically, the findings would be relevant to government, policymakers, researchers and other construction professionals. For the government and policymakers, these findings would inform them on the laws and policies to enact to increase awareness and practice of CE principles. For researchers, these findings will assist in exploring gaps for further studies. For the construction professionals, the findings would inform them of the need to step up measures to practice the various principles of CE in their firms adequately.

Originality/value

This study provides insights into an under-investigated topic in the construction industry worldwide. It offers new and additional insights into the current state-of-the-art practice of CE principles among BE professionals.

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Acknowledgements

The Authors wish to thank the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor, and all the Reviewers for their valuable inputs that helped to shape this paper.

Funding: This research was partly sponsored by the College of Art and Built Environment Research Fund, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Citation

Amudjie, J., Agyekum, K., Adinyira, E., Amos-Abanyie, S. and Kumah, V.M.A. (2023), "Awareness and practice of the principles of circular economy among built environment professionals", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 140-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-11-2021-0135

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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