Exploring Successful implementation of Sustainable Construction Management Practices in Dubai (UAE)
The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
The rapid urbanisation and rising needs for upgrading style of management in growing countries such as UAE, to cope on with global environmental demands and tendencies, has been crafting real opportunities in adopting sustainable construction management approach and its useful applications. Sustainability is a concept refers to fulfilling the needs of present generations without compromising the future ones. Rising devotion become trending in construction sector to consider the different dimensions of sustainability, including ecological, social, and economic, then incorporate them into stages and operations of construction works, to get on balanced sustainable and economical final product, serving the requirements of the community. Sustainability as an agenda, which is extended deeply into the structure of society, economic viability and environmental revitalisation, which can improve project performance management process, through planned incorporation into existing management systems, and then it would be recognised as an opportunity to enhance construction management performance by improving effectiveness and competency of processes and outputs. All parties involved in construction management must realise the importance of shifting in the processes, for sake of creating built environment from linear to cyclical approaches to achieve sustainable management. In other words, sustainable construction management must change the way that all construction activities carried out with. A network of multiple corporate management systems based on the quality, environment, work safety, stakeholders, and knowledge of integrated system of sustainability is essential to meet holistic criteria of sustainability. By applying maturity roadmap called STEPS (Start-up, Take-off, Expansion, Progressive and Sustainability), it is possible to ensure continual sustainable corporate level of management. Besides the STURE (Stakeholders-Urban Evaluation) model represents the best possible approach to sustainable construction management, to a single or multiple construction projects, which optimises the sustainable demands of the clients and stakeholders. Construction field is complex and fragmented, therefore tends to resist changes leading to sustainable development. Project managers and clients face barriers to sustainable management implementation, e.g. lack of sustainability measures, real and perceived conflict of interests, and inadequate expertise. Adopting Sustainable construction management comprehend many opportunities, including environmental, legislative, social and even economic, which adds important value to the construction filed as process, operations and end-product. This research studied the assumed crucial factors contributing in successful implementation of sustainable construction project management practices in Dubai by using quantitative methodology, conducted via surveying representing sample, amongst professional, within construction field of Dubai. The examined factors, which are adopting relative legislation supporting proper implementation, Incorporation of Sustainable practices at project and corporate levels and board of director adoption, developing and spreading knowledge management in relation to sustainability and sustainable construction management, and stakeholders’ management and involvement in construction projects, were found significant and contributing fairly in attainment successful practice of sustainable construction management in Dubai.
sustainable construction management, United Arab Emirates (UAE), sustainable development, sustainability