Elimination of waste and inefficiencies in existing office buildings in developing nations for sustainability

Adebenga, Adeyemi and Martin , David Juanil and Kasim, Rozilah (2013) Elimination of waste and inefficiencies in existing office buildings in developing nations for sustainability. In: 2nd International Conference on Technology Management, Business and Entrepreneurship 2013 (ICTMBE 2013) , 4-5 December 2013, Melaka, Malaysia .



A major reason why many developing nations have not made significant advancement in sustainable development (SD) agenda is the neglect of existing building stock which forms the bulk of built assets. Although SD is a universal challenge, it cannot be approached in the same way for all nations, but rather practical response can be defined nationally or locally. This paper therefore looked into the possibility of using an improvement strategy model to eliminate waste and inefficient in existing office buildings for sustainability in Nigeria and other developing nations from occupants and property managers' viewpoints, while emphasis is placed on the multi-stakeholder/interdisciplinary approach in which each professional in the built environment add discipline-specific data to a single shared model. Kaya (2004) observe that many writers have criticized the ignorance of end-user requirements during the construction briefing, highlighting the communications gap between the end-users, designers and owners and that little had since improved. this paper suggests a way forward in which "bottom-up' improvement policy formulation and subsequent implementation would stem from occupants and property managers rather than "top-down" governance approach in most developing countries. The concepts of lean thinking, green building and zero emission were incorporated into the Building Information Modeling to develop an improvement strategy model for office buildings with the condition that the use is retained, however, it can be modified for other types of buildings. It is envisaged that improvement (as against maintenance) would be cheaper financial-wise than to demolish and rebuild; environment friendly; and bring about an appreciably reduced maintenance cost.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:sustainable development; waste and inefficient facilities; improvement; existing buildings; user’s requirement; property manager
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD72-88 Economic development. Development economics. Economic growth
Divisions:Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Property Management
ID Code:5122
Deposited By:Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Deposited On:09 Jun 2014 14:17
Last Modified:21 Jan 2015 15:18

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