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Integrating sustainability into construction project management: Barriers in developing countries

Fathalizadeh, Ali, Ghoddousi, Parviz, Javid, Ali Akbar Shirzadi, Hosseini, M. Reza and Ghosh, Arka 2019, Integrating sustainability into construction project management: Barriers in developing countries, in Modern Building Materials, Structures and Techniques: MBMST 2019, Selected Papers, VGTU Press, Vilnius, Lithuania, pp. 559-563, doi: 10.3846/mbmst.2019.122.

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Title Integrating sustainability into construction project management: Barriers in developing countries
Author(s) Fathalizadeh, Ali
Ghoddousi, Parviz
Javid, Ali Akbar Shirzadi
Hosseini, M. RezaORCID iD for Hosseini, M. Reza orcid.org/0000-0001-8675-736X
Ghosh, Arka
Conference name Modern Building Materials, Structures and Techniques
Conference location Vilnius, Lithuania
Conference dates 2019/05/16 - 2019/05/17
Title of proceedings Modern Building Materials, Structures and Techniques: MBMST 2019, Selected Papers
Editor(s) Juozapaitis, A
Daniūnas, A
Juknevičius, L
Publication date 2019
Series VTGU Press
Start page 559
End page 563
Total pages 5
Publisher VGTU Press
Place of publication Vilnius, Lithuania
Keyword(s) Sustainable development
Integration
Construction projects
Green building
challenges
Summary This paper is an attempt to explore the barriers to integrating sustainability into construction project management in developing countries. To this end, a comprehensive review of the literature is conducted, as a result of which a list of 30 barriers is culled from existing studies. The list of barriers is subsequently assessed in terms of relative importance index (RII) through a survey questionnaire administered to Iranian construction industry experts, resulting in a dataset of 176 completed questionnaires. Findings bring to light the most influential barriers to incorporating sustainability in construction projects for a developing country. These were: (1) lack of understanding of the potential selfbenefits of proactivity and high economic risks that unsustainable practices may carry, (2) inadequate assessment of risks and a silo-based approach, namely, insufficient cooperation among practitioners, research institutions and environmental organisations and (3) the lack of a systematic approach to planning and acting for the fulfilment of sustainability goals. As one of the first studies in its kind, the paper offers invaluable insight for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, in supporting the transition of construction project management practices towards fulfilling sustainable development goals.
ISBN 9786094761973
Language eng
DOI 10.3846/mbmst.2019.122
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2019, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30128827

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