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The development of SUCCEED: urban sustainability assessment tool for developing countries with focus on Nigeria

Job Momoh (London South Bank University, London, UK)
Joseph Chelemu Kangwa (School of Built Environment and Architecture, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK) (Department of Construction, Property and Surveying, London South Bank University, London, UK)
Chika Udeaja (London South Bank University, London, UK)
Jin Ruoyu (London South Bank University, London, UK)
Rafiu Dimeji Seidu (School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, London, UK)

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

ISSN: 2398-4708

Article publication date: 12 October 2021

Issue publication date: 17 May 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Developing countries are currently on the verge of adopting principles used in achieving a sustainable urban future. As the urban population increases due to factors like urban–rural migration, increase in birth rate, migration, industrialisation, commercialisation, amongst others, there is a drastic need to adopt sustainability principles within urban spaces. To understand how sustainability can be achieved, there is a need to recognise how developed countries have designed assessment tools that work within their context which can inform how developing countries can work on their assessment tool. Urban neighbourhood sustainability assessment tools are used to reflect on the overall goal of the project and the most important indicators needed to be implemented within the project. Sustainability indicators are used to measure the levels and progress at which sustainability has been implemented within a project based on the data collected and these results can be used to make informed decisions. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the development of urban sustainability assessment tool.

Design/methodology/approach

This research investigates the techniques utilised in developing an urban sustainability assessment tool Sustainable Composite Cities Environmental Evaluation and Design (SUCCEED-ND) tool within the Nigerian context. The data instrument used includes a questionnaire survey that sampled 50 correspondents, and the results were used to develop an urban assessment tool tailored for the Nigerian countries.

Findings

The findings used social, environmental, economic and planning sustainability dimensions in the design of the assessment tool which composes of 21 core sustainability indicators and 105 indicators to develop SUCCEED-ND tool.

Originality/value

This work developed the first urban sustainability assessment tool for the Nigerian urban environment. The result is meant to evaluate and implement sustainability within existing and proposed neighbourhood development.

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Citation

Momoh, J., Kangwa, J.C., Udeaja, C., Ruoyu, J. and Seidu, R.D. (2022), "The development of SUCCEED: urban sustainability assessment tool for developing countries with focus on Nigeria", International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Vol. 40 No. 3, pp. 380-404. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-04-2021-0049

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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