PromotingSustainable Construction Practices in Developing Countries: Comparative Insights and Future Directions

Editorial December 2023




Sustainable construction practices contribute significantly to the advancement trajectory in developing and developed nations. Emphasising environmental conservation, efficient resource utilisation, and the facilitation of healthier, more productive living and working environments, sustainable construction practices are fundamental to achieving a more prosperous and ecologically balanced future. However, the effective transition to and adoption of these practices in developing nations raises significant challenges. ‘Which way forward to addressing these issues as discussed in the last issue including the editorial (Windapo and Umeokafor 2023). These challenges, explored in depth in the diverse research articles featured in this issue, illuminate the ongoing difficulties developing nations face in embracing sustainable construction practices, along with potential solutions and future directions for research. They contribute to answering the question in the last issue, 'Which way forward?' (Ibid).

This twelfth issue of the Journal of Construction Business and Management offers a thought-provoking and insightful collection of five seminal research articles by 11 authors from Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The key themes of the articles include promoting awareness of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Blocks (AACB) for construction, enhancing government construction project success through effective leadership styles, fostering the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Quantity Surveying, examining the link between Quantity Surveyors' conflict-handling styles and personality traits, and tracking technological and organisational change in the UK construction sector. As discussed below, each theme contributes to a nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the urgent need for, obstacles to, and promising strategies for sustainable construction in developing countries.

Author Biographies

Abimbola Windapo, University of Cape Town

Abimbola Windapo is a Professor at the Dept of Construction Economics & Management, University of Cape Town, with more than 35 years of experience in the construction field. She is a Registered Construction Project Manager with the SA Council for the Project & Construction Management Profession (SACPCMP) and Registered Builder with CORBON. Her research focus is in the area of construction industry development, business & project managemnt from a performance & practice perspective.

Nnedinma Umeokafor, University of Greenwich

Senior Lecturer



How to Cite

Windapo, A., & Umeokafor, N. (2023). PromotingSustainable Construction Practices in Developing Countries: Comparative Insights and Future Directions: Editorial December 2023. Journal of Construction Business and Management, 6(2), v - vii.




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