Assessing the level of awareness of smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries

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Ghansah, F., Owusu-Manu, D.-G., Ayarkwa, J., Edwards, D.J. and Hosseini, M.R. (2021). Assessing the level of awareness of smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology. 20 (3), pp. 696 - 711. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-11-2020-0465
AuthorsGhansah, F., Owusu-Manu, D.-G., Ayarkwa, J., Edwards, D.J. and Hosseini, M.R.
Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the awareness level of smart building technologies (SBTs) among construction professionals in developing countries such as Ghana, and identify the key factors that have the significant capability of influencing the awareness level significantly.

Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected through questionnaire survey from 227 construction design team and project managers in the Ghanaian construction industry. Descriptive analysis and multivariate analysis using multiple regression were used to analyze the data.

Findings: Averagely low level of SBTs awareness was observed to exist among professionals in the construction industry of Ghana. The study further revealed “training programs” by organizations and “individual knowledge” as the key factors capable of significantly influencing the level of SBTs awareness in the construction industry of developing countries, particularly Ghana.

Practical implications: This paper identified training programs by organizations and individual knowledge as the two key factors having significant capability of influencing the SBTs awareness in the construction industry of developing countries such Ghana. The two factors can be incorporated in policymaking process via considerations to help create SBTs awareness, such as encouragement of continuous professional development toward smart building concept in relation to construction sustainability.

Originality/value: This study conceptualizes from a systematic professional perspective and provides empirical evidence on the key significant factors capable of influencing the awareness of SBTs in the developing countries such as Ghana.

Year2021
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Journal citation20 (3), pp. 696 - 711
PublisherEmerald
ISSN1726-0531
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-11-2020-0465
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