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Agyekum, K, Adinyira, E, Baiden, B, Ampratwum, G and Duah, D (2019) Barriers to the adoption of green certification of buildings. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology , 17(05), 1035–55.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: Ghana; Green buildings; Built environment professionals; Green certification;
- ISBN/ISSN: 1726-0531
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-01-2019-0028
This paper aims to identify the key barriers to the adoption of green certification of buildings in Ghana.
Design/methodology/approachThe 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. FindingsThe 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/implicationsThe 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 implicationsPractically, 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/valueFindings 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.