Implementation of Green Design Strategies by Architects in Southwest Nigeria
Anthony B. Sholanke1, Isaac-Laughter O. Opeyemi2
1Anthony B. Sholanke, Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
2Isaac-Laughter O. Opeyemi, Department of Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Manuscript received on 27 June 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 05 July 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 July 2019 | PP: 431-438 | Volume-8 Issue-9, July 2019 | Retrieval Number: I7744078919/19©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.I7744.078919
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Abstract: In proposing new structures and renovating existing ones around the globe, environmental impact is becoming a major consideration. Among architecture professionals and other stakeholders in the building industry in Nigeria and globally, it is also becoming a major discussion topic. This has therefore brought about a need for a compromise between quality buildings and environmental responsibility. One important way of achieving this compromise is the use of green design strategies which seek to reduce the negative impacts buildings have on the natural environment and the health of the building occupants, while also being economically responsible. This study aims to investigate the level of implementation of green design strategies by practising professional architects in southwest Nigeria, identifying areas for further improvement. The methodology employed centres around the pragmatic research philosophy that uses a mixed method research approach to gather and analyze data. Data collection was carried out by textual analysis of relevant literature and the use of structured questionnaires to collect data from 60 respondents made up of practising professional architects in southwest Nigeria. Qualitative data were analyzed by content analysis, while the quantitative data was put through inferential statistical analysis. The result is presented using a descriptive approach. The study identified various green design strategies for achieving environmental sustainability in the study area. The study also found that a high level of awareness of environmental sustainability concepts exists among practising architects in the study area and provided appropriate recommendations for encouraging the implementation of green design strategies in Nigeria.
Index Terms: Environmental Sustainability, Green Building, Green Design, Southwest Nigeria.
Scope of the Article: Green Computing