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The use of alternative building materials in developing countries: addressing challenges faced by stakeholders

The use of alternative building materials in developing countries: addressing challenges faced by stakeholders

Mpakati Gama, E. C., Wamuziri, S. C. and Sloan, B. (2012) The use of alternative building materials in developing countries: addressing challenges faced by stakeholders. In: World Construction Conference 2012 – Global Challenges in Construction Industry. Chartered Institute of Building, pp. 266-275.

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Abstract

The rising concern on inefficient wood consumption associated with shelter development has led to policy and regulatory reforms to address such problems in most countries in recent years. The use of alternative building materials (ABMs) and technology, for example, have been proposed by decision makers as one of the ways of curbing deforestation hence promoting sustainable development. Although the use of alternative materials has enhanced housing stocks where these are appropriately employed, there are several problems faced by developers to embrace the proposed strategies more particular in developing countries. Focusing on the Sub Sahara Africa (SSA), this paper proposes strategies the decision makers would employ to promote the use of ABMs. In this paper, which is based on the extensive literature review of an ongoing academic research to find ways for promoting sustainability in developing countries, it is noted that cost of raw materials, flaw of sustainability definition as well as the lack of information related to the building sector are some of the limitations for building stakeholders to promote the use of ABMs. Therefore, the course of actions proposed is regarded as one of the possible ways for decision makers to take into consideration to improve the current situation in the building sector in SSA and beyond.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: World Construction Conference 2012 – Global Challenges in Construction Industry
Additional Information: Presented at the World Construction Conference 2012 - CIOB, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 28-30, June 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alternative building materials, building challenges, building stakeholders, developing countries, policy strategies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design
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Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 11:47
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/27484

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