Inhibitors of Ecologically Sustainable Development in the Australian Construction Industry

Ang, Vincent & Gray, Jason M. (2006) Inhibitors of Ecologically Sustainable Development in the Australian Construction Industry. In Australasian Universities Building Educators Association, 12-14 July 2006, University of Technology, Sydney.


The introduction of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) is considered to be critical for the construction industry and yet progress has been slow to date. Despite an extensive literature on the topic, little empirical research has been conducted to determine why this has been the case. This paper reports on a 2004 questionnaire survey of a cross-section of construction stakeholders in Australia to gain an understanding of the factors that contribute to the lack of ESD in the construction industry. Of the 134 questionnaires despatched, 53 were returned completed from variety of locations including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. A further 16 were completed by means of telephone interviews, mostly in Queensland. The results indicate the existence of a range of significant inhibitors, comprising: stakeholders’ or decision-makers’ lack of knowledge in terms of lack of awareness, understanding, appreciation and expertise; lack of capacity within the construction industry, in terms of lack of interest, initiative, research and development, and cooperation and consensus; and inadequacy of governing policy, in terms of lack of implementation, appropriate and well defined policy and failure of policy makers and politicians.

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ID Code: 5065
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Ecologically Sustainable Development, sustainable construction, survey, barriers, Australia
ISBN: 097753250X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 27 Sep 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:18

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