Assessing strategies for implementing sustainable real estate management at Ghana Cocoa Board.

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The concept of sustainability has lately been over stressed by many government official and international bodies. Recent forum held both by the World Economic Forum and Ghana Economic Forum advocates for corporations to consider incorporating sustainability into their practices. Several researchers have looked at how sustainability is applied to real estate management practices. The concept sustainability as defined first in the Brundtland report has been adopted as the definition that explores the practices that can be considered as sustainable practice of the real estate socially, economically and environmentally. There are scant researches into the practices that are considered as sustainable management practice of the real estate in Ghana. This study seeks to assess factors for implementation of sustainable real estate management practices in Ghana using Ghana Cocoa Board (Cocobod) as a case study by examining the real estate management practices that exists at Cocobod, identify sustainable practices in real estate management and lately propose strategies for implementing sustainable real estate management practice The survey was conducted purposively with selected Real Estates Officers in the various Estates departments of Cocobod given as a sample size of 25 respondents through discussions and questionnaires of the concept reviewed from the literature. The analysis was done both with Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) figures and Relative importance index tables.The study concludes that Government should come out with legislations that would compel government agencies to incorporate practice that are sustainable in the management of the real estate asset. Consequently, the study recommends that other government agencies who have real properties should consider the structure of the estates department of Cocobod that haveiv Estates Officers who handle the soft issue of the real estate and work superintendent to handle the hard issues of the buildings.
A thesis presented to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Masters of Science
Sustainability, Sustainable Corporate Real Estate Management, Commercial Real Estate