Assessing the Level of Awareness of Smart Building Technologies (SBTs) in the Developing Countries

Ghansah, F.A. and Owusu-Manu, De-Graft and Ayarkwa, J. and Hosseini, M. Reza and Edwards, D.J. (2021) Assessing the Level of Awareness of Smart Building Technologies (SBTs) in the Developing Countries. Journal of Engineering Design and Technology. ISSN 1726-0531

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the awareness level of SBTs among construction professionals in developing countries such as Ghana, and identify the key factors that have the significant capability of influencing the awareness level significantly.
Methodology: Data was collected through questionnaire survey from 227 construction design team and project managers in the Ghanaian construction industry. Descriptive analysis and multivariate analysis using multiple regression were employed to analyse the data.
Findings: Averagely low level of SBTs awareness was observed to exist among professionals in the construction industry of Ghana. The study further revealed “training programs” by organizations and “individual knowledge” as the key factors capable of significantly influencing the level of SBTs awareness in the construction industry of developing countries, particularly Ghana.
Practical Implication: This paper identified training programs by organizations and individual knowledge as the two key factors having significant capability of influencing the SBTs awareness in the construction industry of developing countries such Ghana. The two factors can be incorporated in policy making process via considerations to help create SBTs awareness, such as encouragement of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) towards smart building concept in relation to construction sustainability.
Originality: This study conceptualizes from a systematic professional perspective and provides empirical evidence on the key significant factors capable of influencing the awareness of SBTs in the developing countries such as Ghana.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-11-2020-0465
Date: 29 January 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Awareness level, building performance, construction industry, developing countries, Influencing factors, SBTs.
Subjects: K200 Building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: David Edwards
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2020 10:34
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2021 09:56
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10427

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