Current practices towards achieving sustainable construction project delivery in the UK

By Alex Opoku and Chris Fortune.

Published by The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability: Annual Review

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The construction industry should play a vital role in helping efforts towards the attainment of sustainable development in the world. It is therefore becoming a key requirement for construction organizations to deliver projects that address the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainability. The aim of this paper is to examine how UK construction organizations are actively engaged in sustainability practices. This paper presents the results of an investigation using a mixed methods approach of both qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Data collection involved phases of detailed semi-structured interviews, followed by an industry-wide survey of 200 intra-organizational leaders in UK contractor and consultant organizations. The analysis of the collected data revealed that construction organizations are engaged in sustainability practices such as procurement, design, waste management, whole life costing, materials and resources use, corporate social responsibility, and community engagement in the delivery of construction projects. The survey results show that construction organizations in UK are actively engaged in sustainable waste management followed by sustainable design. The results show where construction organizations are doing well and where organizations need to double their efforts in terms of implementing sustainability practices.

Keywords: Construction organization,, Leadership,, Sustainable practices,, United Kingdom

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability: Annual Review, Volume 10, pp.41-57. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 2, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 838.524KB)).

Dr. Alex Opoku

Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Development, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Prof. Chris Fortune

Professor, Construction Project Management, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, UK