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|Title: ||Barriers to the adoption of green certification of buildings A thematic analysis of verbatim comments from built environment professionals|
|Authors: ||Agyekum, Kofi|
Baiden, Bernard K.
Built environment professionals
|Issue Date: ||2019|
|Publisher: ||Emerald Publishing Limited|
|Citation: ||Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology Vol. 17 No. 5, 2019 pp. 1035-1055|
|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.|
|Description: ||An article published by Emerald Publishing Limited and also available at DOI 10.1108/JEDT-01-2019-0028|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Arts and Social Sciences|
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