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Contractors' adaptation to environmentally sustainable construction: a micro-level implementation framework

Sarfo Mensah (Building Technology, Kumasi Technical University, Kumasi, Ghana)
Gabriel Nani (Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Joshua Ayarkwa (Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

ISSN: 2046-6099

Article publication date: 29 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

There is low adoption rate of existing environmentally sustainable construction frameworks. Contractors have dwindled capability to adapt to environmentally sustainable construction (ESC) towards achievement of SDGs. The aim of this paper is to develop a framework that leverages both theoretical and practical aspects of sustainable construction to enable contractors' adaptation to ESC at the micro level.

Design/methodology/approach

Due to the social constructivism orientation of the objectives of this research, abductive approach and qualitative research strategy were adopted. Data were obtained through interviews and validation focus group discussion. Content analysis and thematic template analyses techniques were employed to conduct qualitative data analyses.

Findings

There are peculiar ESC barriers that need to be overcome by contractors in the study area. Legislative and financing efforts of stakeholders are key contractors' ESC adaptation drivers. Contractors in less affluent societies, such as Ghana, require high resilience, dense and centralized social network structures and isomorphic and coercive drivers to be able to adapt to ESC.

Research limitations/implications

The scope of this research is limited to the data gathered from large construction firms in Ghana, a developing country in the sub-Saharan region.

Originality/value

This is one of the first papers that provide guidelines on developing capability of contractors in a developing country to adapt to ESC. The paper addresses the challenge in the ecological modernization theory by adducing empirical evidence to prescribe guidelines on how contractors can increase rate of efficiency through collaborative strategies that engender ESC.

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Acknowledgements

Conflict of interest declaration: No conflict of interest has been reported by any of the authors.

Citation

Mensah, S., Nani, G. and Ayarkwa, J. (2021), "Contractors' adaptation to environmentally sustainable construction: a micro-level implementation framework", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-11-2020-0174

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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