Application of Sustainable Construction Practicesin Design and Construction of a Hostel Project
The relationship between construction activities and the natural environment is symbiotic. Natural resources such as land, water and trees feed into construction activities while waste from construction activities are given back to the natural environment. Construction activities can therefore not be sustained when natural resources are depleted. Sustainable methods and technologies must therefore be adopted by stakeholders in the construction industry in order to preserve our ecosystem for today and future generations. In view of this, this paper investigates into how sustainable construction principles and technologies are applied by construction professionals on a construction project at the design and construction stages in order to promote sustainable construction in the Ghanaian Construction Industry. Through a case study approach, interviews and field observation were conducted. Qualitative examination of the primary data obtained was carried out. The results indicate that the level of compliance to the principles of sustainable construction principles and application of sustainable technologies were very low on the hostel construction project selected for the study.