Way forward for Africa in the practice of sustainable design and construction
14 Aug 2018-pp 199-207
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TL;DR: A literature review has been conducted to find out the differences between focuses as well as processes in sustainable and conventional construction, the challenges in the sustainable building process along with the roles and responsibilities of project managers in the building process as discussed by the authors.
Abstract: Providing all residences of a community with a better quality of life by developing of environmental, social and economic aspects has been focused in sustainable development for decades. In order to achieve the sustainable development, the construction industry is an important sector that should adopt the sustainability concept. Sustainable construction faces some challenges in adopting new processes and working methods due to the new technologies that require some changes in the process and considering risk. Learning about new tasks, actors and roles is necessary to overcome the challenges. The role of project managers requires particular attention among the other stakeholders because project managers are in a special position at project level. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate how project managers can integrate the sustainability concept into the building process in order to deliver a successful sustainable building project considering their responsibilities in the building process. In order to achieve this purpose, a literature review has been conducted to find out the differences between focuses as well as processes in sustainable and conventional construction, the challenges in the sustainable building process along with the roles and responsibilities of project managers in the building process. The outcomes present the focuses and process as well as main challenges in sustainable building design and construction. These challenges are presented in a time line of a building process. Simultaneously, the potential project managers’ roles in overcoming barriers and using drivers in the sustainable building process are discussed regarding their responsibilities. As a conclusion, project managers can play a vital role in integrating sustainability to a building project during design and construction process to deliver a successful sustainable building. Their role is significant for sustainable building process due to the challenges that they should deal with. They can facilitate the changes required for sustainable building due to its specific requirement. Among their roles, providing possibilities for a better communication and coordination between stakeholders is the most important one as a response to the complexity of sustainable building projects.
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