Improving Sustainable Construction Practices Through Facility Management

  • Clinton O. Aigbavboa
  • Ayodeji E. Oke
  • Looyen D. Edward
Conference paper
Part of the Sustainable Civil Infrastructures book series (SUCI)

Abstract

The construction industry is key to the development and economic growth of any country, either developing or developed. The role of the industry in the achievement of infrastructures that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cannot be over-emphasized. It is therefore necessary for construction industry to continuously pursue sustainable construction projects. This study examines factors influencing the adoption and implementation of sustainable construction goals as well as the impact of facility management in achieving and sustaining the practice in the construction industry. Data were collected through well-structured questionnaires administered on relevant stakeholders that are involved in various activities in the construction industry. The policies and actions which affects the transition of companies towards sustainable construction practices include implementation of sustainable policies in the design stage, waste reduction practices, effective reuse and recycling of materials, utilization of life cycle costing and implementation of facility management principles. To improve sustainable practices in the industry, concerned stakeholders must take into consideration maintenance and running of all facilities, implementation of life cycle costing, training of local construction companies on sustainable methodologies and creating awareness within the industry on benefits associated with sustainable construction. This study has contributed to the body of knowledge by examining the role of facility management in the achievement of sustainable construction, it is therefore recommended that the identified policies and techniques as well as highlighted facility management processes are given consideration by construction stakeholders in their quest to improving performance of construction projects.

Keywords

Construction project Facility management Green building Life cycle cost Sustainable construction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clinton O. Aigbavboa
    • 1
  • Ayodeji E. Oke
    • 1
  • Looyen D. Edward
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Engineering and the Built EnvironmentUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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