Insights into the adoption of green construction in Malaysia: The drivers and challenges


  • Asmah Alia Mohamad Bohari Universiti Teknologi MARA Queensland University of Technology
  • Martin Skitmore Queensland University of Technology
  • Bo Xia Queensland University of Technology
  • Xiaoling Zhang City University of Hong Kong



The construction sector is an essential in providing physical development for nations to cater to the demand for infrastructures such as education, housing, and manufacturing. However, the adverse impact of the building sector on the environment has triggered a growing awareness of the sustainable approach. Green construction is becoming expected in every construction project, and Malaysia is developing a national pathway to sustainable construction. After a comprehensive literature review, this research used semi-structured face-to-face interviews with industry experts to explore the current practices. In the Malaysian context, the compliance with government policy and industry guidelines has been the primary push factors to deliver green projects. The most common barrier faced was the low level of knowledge and awareness of project stakeholders. This paper helps provide a basis for future research and increase stakeholder awareness of green construction in the Malaysian construction industry and beyond.

© 2016. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Green Building; Green construction, Drivers, Barriers.


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How to Cite

Mohamad Bohari, A. A., Skitmore, M., Xia, B., & Zhang, X. (2016). Insights into the adoption of green construction in Malaysia: The drivers and challenges. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(4), 37-46.