Construction Industry Attitudes to Global Environmental Change: A Comparison with the United Kingdom and Japan

J. P. Spillane, T. Hanna, L. O. Oyedele, J. K. von Meding, A. Konanahalli

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    With the continued diffusion of global boundaries coupled with the onset of increased environmental pressure, construction industry attitudes are also shifting. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the construction industry attitudes to global environmental change in both the United Kingdom and Japan. In order to achieve this goal, a qualitative mixed method approach is adopted, encompassing a desk based critique of the literature coupled with an industry interview from both regions. This methodology is adopted with the objective of ascertaining if there are any geographical similarities or differences with the regions in question. The resulting information is analyzed and the results deciphered utilizing mind mapping techniques in the dissemination of the data obtained with the objective of identifying various traits within the data. The results indicate that the United Kingdom and Japan both illustrate various attributes in relation to attitudes towards the global environment. In particular, research indicates that in the Japanese construction industry, there is a distinct lack of enthusiasm shown in construction industry attitudes to counteract environmental challenges currently being faced by implementing sustainable practices, compared to attitudes in the UK construction industry. One of the reasons identified for this, is the lack of leadership provided by the corresponding government, thus resulting in the lack of promotion of sustainable practices in the region. The benefit of this research is that it enables various industry leaders, regardless of geographical location, to actively consider the attitudes and perceptions of those around them, particularly in relation to the sensitive topic of global environmental change within the industry. Where the findings are acknowledged and also utilized, the results should aid in the improvement of the industry on an international scale, while also improving the overall persona of environmental change within the sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Proceedings for The International Conference on Sustainable Built Environment for Now and the Future.
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2013
    EventInternational conference “Sustainable built environment for now and the future” SBE2013 - Hanoi, Viet Nam
    Duration: 26 Mar 201327 Mar 2013


    ConferenceInternational conference “Sustainable built environment for now and the future” SBE2013
    CountryViet Nam

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