A preliminary exploration of the barriers of sustainable refurbishment for commercial building projects in Malaysia

Masrom, Md Asrul Nasid and Abd Rahim, Mohd Hilmi Izwan and Siow, Chan Ann and Mohamed, Sulzakimin and Goh, Kai Chen (2017) A preliminary exploration of the barriers of sustainable refurbishment for commercial building projects in Malaysia. Procedia Engineering . pp. 1-10. ISSN 18777058

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Abstract

Malaysia is one of developing countries is encountered has faced frequent and serious floods in recent years. Sustainable refurbishment seems play an important role to fight against the climate change. Additionally, sustainable refurbishment approach is deemed to hold the greatest potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the short to medium term. Existing commercial buildings in Malaysia have been found for one third of the total electricity consumption and it is such as a gold mine for carbon dioxide reduction. However, the amounts of sustainable refurbished buildings listed in the GBI certified are still considerably low. Therefore, this research aims to examine potential barriers that impede commercial building owners to implement sustainable refurbishment and to determine the drivers that could improve sustainable refurbishment implementation in Malaysia. The respondents are commercial building owners’ representative namely building managers in Kuala Lumpur. The qualitative data were collected through semi-structured interview with experienced commercial building managers. Content analysis used in utilising the entire dataset to identify underlying themes presented through the data. The result indicated that the main barriers of sustainable refurbishment are higher cost of sustainable refurbishment than conventional method and lacking of sustainable awareness among Malaysian. This study also found that the drivers that could improve sustainable refurbishment implementation are company may able to enhance their corporate image and to reduce the environment impact. The findings of the study may be beneficial for building owners to deliver their refurbishment projects with a green awareness and environmental considerations in the future.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sustainable refurbishment; commercial building; Malaysia; sustainability; barriers and drivers
Subjects:T Technology > TH Building construction > TH1-844 Building construction
Divisions:Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Construction Management
ID Code:9004
Deposited By:Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Deposited On:13 Aug 2018 11:15
Last Modified:13 Aug 2018 11:15

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