Exploring the knowledge ‘base’ of practitioners in the delivery of sustainable regeneration projects

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Akotia, J., Opoku, Alex, Egbu, Charles and Fortune, Chris 2016. Exploring the knowledge ‘base’ of practitioners in the delivery of sustainable regeneration projects. Construction Economics and Building. 16 (2), pp. 14-26.
AuthorsAkotia, J., Opoku, Alex, Egbu, Charles and Fortune, Chris
Abstract

In recent years, sustainable regeneration has been recognised as being of major economic and social concern in the world. In the UK for instance, government has initiated a number of policies and evaluation methods to deal with some of the environmental problems associated with regeneration projects. However, the post construction evaluation of these projects has often resulted in them being seen as not achieving their set objectives. Attempts aimed at evaluating the impact of sustainability by built environment practitioners have primarily been limited to their assessment of the projects’ potential environmental impacts, with the associated socio-economic impacts being neglected. There has not been any well-defined built environment research that has been able to deal holistically with the broader issues of sustainability in terms of benefits/impacts of the regeneration projects to the communities concerned. The findings of an exploratory study that adopted a semi-structured interview approach for data collection, to explore the knowledge and understanding of fifteen practitioners who are often involved in the delivery of these projects are presented. The findings reveal a lack of knowledge and understanding of sustainability as well as structured mechanism/practices for evaluating the socio-economic sustainability factors in relation to regeneration projects.

JournalConstruction Economics and Building
Journal citation16 (2), pp. 14-26
ISSN2204-9029
Year2016
PublisherUniversity of Technology Sydney (UTS) ePress
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License
CC BY
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.5130/AJCEB.v16i2.4892
Publication dates
Print01 Jun 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Aug 2017
Copyright information© 2016 Julius Akotia, Alex Opoku, Charles Egbu and Chris Fortune
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