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A benchmarking approach to the progress of green materials and systems’ use in the UAE construction industry, Aly Elgayar, Dr. Salwa Beheiry, Alaa Jabbar and Hamad Ansari

Aly Elgayar
University of Ottawa, Ottawa
Email: alyelgayar@gmail.com
Dr. Salwa Mamoun Beheiry
College of Engineering
American University of Sharjah, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Alaa Jabbar
Department of Procurement
Bawabat Al Rumaila General Contracts, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Hamad Al Ansari
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

DOI: 10.1108/WJSTSD-01-2016-0008

Purpose: Over the past decade, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced several green regulatory guidelines, federal decrees, and a considerable number of environmentally friendly initiatives. Hence, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the top green materials and systems used currently in the UAE construction industry as per the new laws dictate as well as see if professionals are switching over to incorporate more green materials, systems, and/or designs.
Design/methodology/approach: The work involved reviewing internationally popular green materials and systems for construction, developing a questionnaire based on the literature review, surveying professionals in the seven UAE emirates, and ranking the findings based on the relative importance index.
Findings: Findings found the top used green materials and system in the UAE’s construction industry. As well as identified that there is a communication gap between the design and implementation phases that is possibly hindering the use of more green materials and systems.
Originality/value: This study sets a baseline to measure the UAE’s progress over the coming years in terms of integrating more green construction materials, systems, methodologies, and trends.
Keywords: United Arab Emirates; Sustainability; Construction industry; UAE; Energy and resource efficiency; Green materials and systems.
Citation: Elgayar, A., Beheiry, S.M., Jabbar, A. and Al Ansari, H. (2016), "A benchmarking approach to the progress of green materials and systems’ use in the UAE construction industry", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 315-327. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJSTSD-01-2016-0008

WJSTSD V13 N4 2016 Elgayar et al.pdf
WJSTSD V13 N4 2016 Elgayar et al.pdf
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