Investigating knowledge and awareness level of sustainable construction practices on University Campuses in Ghana

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September, 2019
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The principle of sustainability is rooted in the objective that the community or society should consume resources available in the environment in a steady way that will still make it readily available for future generations to use. This notion is important to ensure the aim of sustainable construction is achieved in the construction industry. The stumbling block of awareness and knowledge must first be eliminated before a capable and viable sustainable construction is achieved. This study therefore aimed at investigating the awareness and knowledge level of construction professionals in Universities in Ghana. To achieve this, a quantitative cross-section approach was adopted. A structured questionnaire was administered as the tool for collecting data for analysis. The technique for the data analysis was descriptive in nature focusing mainly on mean scores, standard errors and percentages. This study has brought to light that 70% of construction stakeholders in public universities indicated that they had high awareness, with majority (64%) of the respondents indicated that they had high knowledge on sustainable construction. The findings of the study revealed that high percentage of the respondents had heard about sustainability and had high knowledge of the sustainable concept. The commonest sustainable construction practices according to the respondents were, using alternative energy supplies (such as solar) and installing water efficient fixtures. Respondents were however not familiar with some of the practices considered in achieving sustainable construction. It is recommended for the continual education of professionals in charge of construction activities in the various universities on the concept and practices of sustainability and sustainable construction.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in Partial Fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Master of Science in Construction Management.
Knowledge and Awareness, sustainable construction practices, Campuses