Barriers to the adoption of green certification of buildings: A thematic analysis of verbatim comments from built environment professionals

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)
Bernard Baiden (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Godslove Ampratwum (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Daniel Duah (Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Publication date: 10 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to identify the key barriers to the adoption of green certification of buildings in Ghana.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopts face-to-face and telephonic interviews with ten built environment professionals, using a semi-structured interview guide. Qualitative responses to the interview were thematically analysed using NVivo 11 Pro analysis application software.

Findings

The findings suggest that “lack of information on existing green buildings”, “lack of incentives”, “conservative nature of Ghanaians”, “lack of active government participation”, “inadequate human resource”, “lack of awareness of the benefits”, “cost and financing” and “lack of legal backing” are the eight key barriers that hinder the adoption of green certification of buildings.

Research limitations/implications

The research is limited to built environment professionals registered with their appropriate professional bodies. The findings cannot be generalized and extended to other developing countries that do not share similar characteristics and context with Ghana.

Practical implications

Practically, this study highlights, for the benefit of the construction industry and the government, the critical barriers to the adoption of green certification of buildings in Ghana. Identification of these barriers provides a pathway for the provision of pragmatic solutions towards the adoption of green buildings in Ghana.

Originality/value

Findings of the research make significant contribution to the debate on the barriers to the adoption of green certification of buildings. Four out of the eight barriers (inadequate awareness of the benefits of green certification of buildings, inadequate human resource, conservative nature of Ghanaian and lack of information on existing green buildings) identified are unique in the context of other related studies and advanced knowledge on the subject matter.

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Citation

Agyekum, K., Adinyira, E., Baiden, B., Ampratwum, G. and Duah, D. (2019), "Barriers to the adoption of green certification of buildings: A thematic analysis of verbatim comments from built environment professionals", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 1035-1055. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-01-2019-0028

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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