MSA  Vol.7 No.2 , February 2016
Factors Inhibiting the Use of Bamboo in Building Construction in Ghana: Perceptions of Construction Professionals
Abstract: There is a growing concern of the integration of bamboo as a material into the building construction industry even though its potential is underscored. Certain factors serve as barriers to the use of bamboo in building construction. This study employed a questionnaire survey which sought to investigate the perceptions of 84 Architects and 100 Senior Managers of small and medium scale Building construction firms on the factors that influence the use of bamboo in building construction. Relative Importance Index and Chi-squared tests were performed to identify the significant factors that influence the use of bamboo in building construction. The results showed that the building contractors considered nonspecification of bamboo for building projects by Architects, inadequate bamboo processing companies in Ghana and insufficient cooperation from government to be the key factors which influence the use of bamboo for building construction. The results further showed that the Architects considered lack of knowledge in bamboo detailing, limited knowledge of bamboo and lack of expertise to use it, and inadequate bamboo processing companies to be the key influential factors inhibiting the use of bamboo in building construction. The results are of value to the construction industry as it identifies significant factors which influence the usage of bamboo in building construction. Promotion of bamboo usage in building construction should be given the needed publicity to create the awareness of its potential as a building material.
Cite this paper: Opoku, D. , Ayarkwa, J. and Agyekum, K. (2016) Factors Inhibiting the Use of Bamboo in Building Construction in Ghana: Perceptions of Construction Professionals. Materials Sciences and Applications, 7, 83-88. doi: 10.4236/msa.2016.72008.

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