Insights into the adoption of green construction in Malaysia: The drivers and challenges

Asmah Alia Mohamad Bohari, Martin Skitmore, Bo Xia, Xiaoling Zhang

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The construction sector is an essential in providing physical development for nations to cater to the demand for infrastructures such as education, housing, and manufacturing. However, the adverse impact of the building sector on the environment has triggered a growing awareness of the sustainable approach. Green construction is becoming expected in every construction project, and Malaysia is developing a national pathway to sustainable construction. After a comprehensive literature review, this research used semi-structured face-to-face interviews with industry experts to explore the current practices. In the Malaysian context, the compliance with government policy and industry guidelines has been the primary push factors to deliver green projects. The most common barrier faced was the low level of knowledge and awareness of project stakeholders. This paper helps provide a basis for future research and increase stakeholder awareness of green construction in the Malaysian construction industry and beyond.

© 2016. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
JournalEnvironment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes


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