Sustainable construction and the versatility of the quantity surveying profession in Singapore

Omotayo, T. and Tan, S.W. and Ekundayo, D. (2022) Sustainable construction and the versatility of the quantity surveying profession in Singapore. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment. ISSN 2046-6099

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Abstract

The changing role of quantity surveyors in the new paradigm of sustainable construction requires studies into new competencies and skills for the profession. The impact of sustainable construction on quantity surveying services, engagement and how they manage challenges provided an indication of the success indicators of the quantity surveying profession in meeting the sustainable construction needs. A five-point Likert scale was developed from the list of quantity surveying firms in Singapore. An 85% response rate from 60 quantity surveying firms contacted in this study provided 51 responses. Descriptive statistics and factor analysis was employed to evaluate the findings.
The factor analysis categorised the drivers derived from literature into awareness of sustainable construction, adversarial role on green costing; carbon cost planning; valuing a sustainable property; common knowledge of sustainable construction; and lack of experience in sustainable construction.
The research findings supported the idea of increased sustainable construction skills in quantity surveying education, research, and training.
The dearth of quantity surveyors with sustainable construction experience must focus on quantity surveying professional bodies and higher education. The quantity surveying profession needs reskilling in green costing and carbon cost planning to meet the needs of sustainable construction.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-07-2021-0125
Dates:
DateEvent
24 December 2021Accepted
11 January 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction; Cost; Green construction; Singapore; Sustainable construction; Quantity surveying.
Subjects: CAH10 - engineering and technology > CAH10-01 - engineering > CAH10-01-10 - others in engineering
CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-01 - architecture
CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-02 - building
CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
CAH26 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01-04 - environmental sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: Damilola Ekundayo
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2022 10:18
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2022 16:28
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12572

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