Perceptions on Motivating Factors and Future Prospects of Green Construction in Oman

Nazirah Zainul Abidin, Ayishatul Powmya

Abstract


The pressure of modernization and urbanization stimulated positive growth in Oman’s construction industry especially in infrastructure development. The slower pace of construction progress in the past provides huge opportunity for the green concept to be integrated in tandem with the country’s growth. The lack of evidence on green construction progress in Oman suggests that this concept is not yet at the forefront of the construction industry agenda. Proactive actions from the government, private companies and professional bodies are crucial to bring ‘greener’ change to the industry. Through surveys, this paper discusses the drivers to motivate construction practitioners to participate in implementing green concept into their construction projects and explore the perceptions of these practitioners on the future outlook of green concept in Oman. The motivating factors are categorized into 4: finance, knowledge and awareness, business strategy and ethics. The future scenario can be seen from two perspectives: promising outlook and status quo. This study sheds light on the status of green construction in Oman to enable further recommendations be made to improve and promote wider application in the future.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jsd.v7n5p231

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