Research on sustainability and construction firms: Current status and future agenda

Ruidong Chang*, George Zillante, Zhenyu Zhao, Jian Zuo

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The rising significance of sustainable development in both international policy debate and the construction industry has triggered the emergence of increasing number of studies related to sustainability and construction corporations. How construction corporations respond to sustainability is of vital importance to enable sustainability transition of construction industries. However, there is lack of a systematic review of these studies. This paper critically reviews the existing body of knowledge on sustainability and construction corporations. Four common research themes are identified, namely corporate sustainability of construction firms, corporate social responsibility in construction firms, drivers of sustainability in construction firms, and barriers of sustainability in construction firms. It is found that the existing studies predominantly focus on providing description or explanation of the implementation situation of sustainability practices of construction firms, while largely overlook the strategies of promoting sustainability in construction firms. Future research opportunities are identified such as the relationships between sustainability and competitiveness of construction firms, and strategies of promoting sustainability in construction firms based on academic theories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICCREM 2015 - Environment and the Sustainable Building - Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management
EditorsYaowu Wang, Thomas Olofsson, Geoffrey Qiping Shen, Yong Bai
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479377
ISBN (Print) 9780784479377
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management - Lulea, Lulea, Sweden
Duration: 11 Aug 201512 Aug 2015
Conference number: 2015


ConferenceInternational Conference on Construction and Real Estate Management
Abbreviated titleICCREM

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