The Need for Sustainability in the Planning and Control Stages of Construction Projects in Nigeria
International Journal of Innovation and Sustainability, 1 (2017) 1-9
9 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 5, 2017
The environmental impacts resulting from fast growing construction activities in the construction industry demands an urgent emphasis on the need for sustainability in construction practices. The study was aimed at emphasizing on the need for sustainability at the planning and control stages of construction projects in Nigeria, by a review of relevant literatures. An appraisal was carried out on the roles of the project managers and the development of a sustainable construction planning system (SCPS) to help solve sustainability issues in Nigeria. It was seen that to meet up the needs of sustainability in Nigeria’s construction projects, the project managers have a crucial role to play since they are involved in the planning and control stages of a project. The challenges of sustainability were analyzed and the respective duties of the project managers were highlighted. It was also seen that the SCPS can be integrated in Nigeria’s construction industry even as it gives essential information or report on how to carry out sustainable construction, ensuring quality in both operational and economic terms of a project from planning to control stages. It was recommended that project managers be enlightened or made aware of their crucial roles in ensuring sustainability; training programs should be organised to educate professionals on the use of the SCPS, and it should be inculcated into the curriculum of higher institutions studying environment studies.
Keywords: Sustainability, Sustainable Buildings, Project Planning and Control, Nigerian Construction Industry and Construction Projects
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