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Abidin, N Z, Yusof, N A and Othman, A A E (2013) Enablers and challenges of a sustainable housing industry in Malaysia. Construction Innovation, 13(01), 10-25.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: developers; housing challenges; housing industry; Malaysia; real estate; sustainable construction; sustainable construction enablers; sustainable development
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1471-4175
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/14714171311296039
  • Abstract:
    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss the enablers of creating a viable environment for a sustainable housing industry and investigate the barriers limiting this progress. Design/methodology/approach A literature review is carried out to explore the four-angle enablers (technological, institutional, internal action and market influence) which are crucial to create an industry which is prone towards sustainable construction. Based on the interviews and surveys conducted on Malaysian developers, the findings point to various challenges for each enabler. Findings The paper highlighted that the government's lack of incentive programmes and the slow progress in revising related regulations are major hindrances for institutional enablers. For technological aspects, the problem lies in the cost of importing products because of the lack of locally-produced green technology. The cost factor and lack of "urgency" are the core problems in encouraging internal action, while the low demand by the potential buyers affects market influence. Originality/value Actions towards transforming the conventional industry into a sustainable one require resolute actions and drive from various parties. This paper provides an insight into the key enablers for a sustainable housing industry and the current problems associated with each enabler. Although the research was carried out in Malaysia, the results may be applicable to other countries as well.