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Assessing measurement model of green cleaning components for green buildings

Nurul Nadiah Zainol (Centre of Studies for Estate Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Nur Aqlima Ramli (Department of Quantity Surveying, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Kajang, Malaysia)
Izran Sarrazin Mohammad (Department of Real Estate, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia)
Anis Syazwani Sukereman (Centre of Studies for Estate Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)
Muhammad Azwan Sulaiman (Centre of Studies for Estate Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia)

Journal of Facilities Management

ISSN: 1472-5967

Article publication date: 6 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to assess a measurement model of green cleaning for green buildings in Malaysia. Being one of the contributors to the indoor environmental quality performance, green cleaning has become one of the significant aspects that need to be considered for the well-being and performance of a building, particularly in a green building's operations and maintenance performance. Green buildings without green cleaning practices would hinder the benefits that should be rendered economically, socially and environmentally. However, the absence of clear green cleaning components and requirements in Malaysia has become a motivation to undertake this research.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey involving cleaning service providers and green building index (GBI) facilitators was carried out, and the data was then analyzed using partial least squares structural equation modeling. However, this paper will only be focusing on the measurement model assessment.

Findings

Most of the green cleaning components and requirements are acceptable in the model except integrated pest management (in the cleaning procedure component) and hand soaps (in the product and materials component) due to lower factor loadings. Therefore, these two requirements were removed from the measurement model.

Research limitations/implications

Due to a paucity of professionals in the field of green cleaning, the researchers have selected GBI facilitators and cleaning service providers as respondents for this research. The researchers assumed that GBI facilitators are aware of acceptable products and materials for green buildings; meanwhile, cleaning service providers know what is the best cleaning technique and process that helps in achieving cost and resource efficiency. This research also assumed that the green cleaning components identified can be applied to any type of green building, regardless of the differences in needs in each type of building.

Practical implications

This discovery will give the industry, particularly cleaning service providers and green building management teams, a first look at the green cleaning components and requirements.

Originality/value

This paper fulfills the need to study how green cleaning helps in achieving the benefits rendered by green buildings.

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Acknowledgements

The researchers gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education under project no. RACER/12019/TK10/UITM//3.

Citation

Zainol, N.N., Ramli, N.A., Mohammad, I.S., Sukereman, A.S. and Sulaiman, M.A. (2023), "Assessing measurement model of green cleaning components for green buildings", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFM-11-2021-0147

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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