Housing is a major challenge for most African countries including South Africa which is characterized by numerous backlog of housing provision. This study seeks the adoption of construction 4.0 principles for reducing the housing backlog experienced within the country. Therefore, the study examines the impact of applying construction 4.0 for delivering sustainable and quality accommodation and evaluates the hindrance in its adoption. Construction 4.0 involves the application of industry 4.0 concepts a synonym for the 4 th industrial revolution that originated from the German manufacturing sector to the South Africa housing industry with the intention of creating a digital industry using a sophisticated gadget like drones, RFID, laser scanning, 3D printing and many others. Convenience sampling method was used in obtaining data from practicing construction professional in Johannesburg Gauteng province South African. A total of 184 questionnaires were obtained from the construction professionals out of 220 that was distributed. The data were analyzed with SPSS V 24, using, mean score, regression and factor analysis. The study discovered that there is a positive impact on the use of construction 4.0 principle for housing delivery as it reduced cost and time overrun thereby ensuring the prompt delivery of affordable and quality houses. The foremost hindrance to the adoption of construction 4.0 principle is the cost of investing in modern technology by small construction firms. The study contributes to the innovative ideas for housing delivery in South African it recommends that strategies and infrastructures should be put in place towards enabling the digitization of the construction industry and increase the awareness of construction 4.0 among construction professionals.
Osunsanmi, T., Aigbavboa, C., Oke, A., & Ohiomah, I. (2018). Construction 4.0: Towards Delivering of Sustainable Houses in South Africa. In Proceedings of the Creative Construction Conference