Housing Industry Readiness Factors and Indicators to Implement Green Building Development
Keywords:Sustainability, Green building procurement, Key stakeholder commitment and competency, Readiness factor
AbstractThe importance of having a sustainability agenda has stimulated greater interest for green construction. However, Malaysia is still moving at a slow pace in green building development as compared to other Asia Pacific countries. This paper focuses on investigating the housing industryâ€™s key stakeholdersâ€™ readiness factors with regards to the implementation of the green building concept. The first aspect being the relative importance of the design teamsâ€™ competencies and commitment in designing green building projects; the second being the factors affecting developerâ€™s decision to procure green buildings; and most importantly and thirdly, the readiness of the housing industry to implement green building development. A questionnaire survey data collection process was undertaken with â€˜design consultants and architectsâ€™ for the first objective and â€˜housing developersâ€™ for the second and third objective. It was found that the most important competencies of the design team in designing green buildings are: knowledge relevant to green design; attention to green design and construction details and offering suggestions to improve green design. The key â€˜commitmentâ€™ readiness factor identified is the commitment of the architect to produce green design. Whilst the key factors affecting clientsâ€™ decisions to procure green buildings are: experience on green buildings; clientsâ€™ knowledge on green buildings; commitment of client organizations to provide finance for green buildings; reliability and quality of specifications, and leadership skills and responsibility of constructor. Clearly, the readiness of the housing industry in the development of green buildings is not at a high level, with 41% of the respondents on average acknowledging that the readiness level of their companies is low.
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