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The use of alternative building materials in developing countries: addressing challenges faced by stakeholders.

Mpakati Gama, Effiness; Wamuziri, Sam; Sloan, Brian


Effiness Mpakati Gama

Sam Wamuziri

Brian Sloan


The rising concern on inefficient wood consumption associated with shelter development has led to
policy and regulatory reforms to address such problems in most countries in recent years. The use of
alternative building materials (ABMs) and technology, for example, have been proposed by decision
makers as one of the ways of curbing deforestation hence promoting sustainable development.
Although the use of alternative materials has enhanced housing stocks where these are appropriately
employed, there are several problems faced by developers to embrace the proposed strategies more
particular in developing countries. Focusing on the Sub Sahara Africa (SSA), this paper proposes
strategies the decision makers would employ to promote the use of ABMs. In this paper, which is based
on the extensive literature review of an ongoing academic research to find ways for promoting
sustainability in developing countries, it is noted that cost of raw materials, flaw of sustainability
definition as well as the lack of information related to the building sector are some of the limitations for
building stakeholders to promote the use of ABMs. Therefore, the course of actions proposed is
regarded as one of the possible ways for decision makers to take into consideration to improve the
current situation in the building sector in SSA and beyond.

Conference Name World Construction Conference 2012 – Global Challenges in Construction Industry
Start Date Jun 28, 2012
End Date Jun 30, 2012
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Feb 23, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Alternative Building Materials; Building Challenges; Building Stakeholders; Developing Countries; Policy Strategies;
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Contract Date Feb 23, 2016


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