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Implementing the principles of circular economy in the construction industry: exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of strategies

Judith Amudjie (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Building Science, Engineering and Materials Research Team, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Kofi Agyekum (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Building Science, Engineering and Materials Research Team, 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)
Edward Ayebeng Botchway (Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 26 July 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the strategies that can be adopted to enhance the practice of circular economy (CE) principles among built environment (BE) firms operating in the Ghanaian Construction Industry (GCI).

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. The questionnaire was developed through a review of related literature and complemented with a pilot review. Data were analysed by descriptive and inferential statistics.

Findings

The findings revealed four major categories of strategies (i.e. systems and technical related strategies, market orientation and operational strategies, knowledge dissemination and awareness-related strategies, and environmental and regulatory strategies) to promote the practice of the principles of CE among BE professionals in the GCI.

Originality/value

This study’s findings provide insights into an under-investigated topic in the construction industry, especially, in a developing country such as Ghana, and offer new and additional information and insights into the current state-of-the-art on CE implementation.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: This work was partially funded by the College of Art and Built Environment (CABE) Research Fund, KNUST.

Citation

Amudjie, J., Agyekum, K., Adinyira, E., Amos-Abanyie, S. and Botchway, E.A. (2023), "Implementing the principles of circular economy in the construction industry: exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of strategies", Construction Innovation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-10-2022-0270

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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