Examination of Green Building Drivers in the South African Construction Industry: Economics versus Ecology
AbstractThere is a large body of literature on green buildings, but few studies have focused on the motivation behind the construction of green buildings globally, and in South Africa in particular. This paper investigates the key drivers of green building in the Western Cape Construction Industry of South Africa and examines whether these drivers have changed over time. A comprehensive literature review was undertaken to provide an overview of green building issues globally and in South Africa, followed by an empirical investigation into the drivers of green building in South Africa using a multi-case study approach. The findings reveal that the key drivers of green building include rising energy costs, the industry’s Green Star rating system, competitive advantages and legislation. The study also indicates that these key drivers have not changed significantly over time. Taken together, these results suggest that the increase in green building has little to do with ecological factors and more to do with economic factors—operational costs and stakeholder demands. The paper concludes that as long as the cost of energy continues to increase and there are recognised industry rating systems in place, the need for green buildings is likely to remain. View Full-Text
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Windapo, A.O. Examination of Green Building Drivers in the South African Construction Industry: Economics versus Ecology. Sustainability 2014, 6, 6088-6106.
Windapo AO. Examination of Green Building Drivers in the South African Construction Industry: Economics versus Ecology. Sustainability. 2014; 6(9):6088-6106.Chicago/Turabian Style
Windapo, Abimbola O. 2014. "Examination of Green Building Drivers in the South African Construction Industry: Economics versus Ecology." Sustainability 6, no. 9: 6088-6106.