Environmental sustainability - a driver for innovation in construction SMEs?

Thorpe, David and Ryan, Neal and Charles, Michael (2008) Environmental sustainability - a driver for innovation in construction SMEs? In: 3rd International Conference of the CRC for Construction Innovation: Clients Driving Innovation: Benefiting from Innovation, 12-14 March 2008, Gold Coast, Australia.


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[Abstract]: While there is increased emphasis on sustainability in the construction industry, it is uncertain whether the SME sector sees it as a driver of innovation. This lack of concern could occur for several reasons, such as material cost, uncertainty regarding the potential risks associated with sustainable practices, perceived lack of business benefit, and lack of informed client demand.

To explore such issues, a sample of smaller domestic builders in South East Queensland were asked, as part of a broader study of innovation in these firms, to provide their views on environmentally sustainable building practices. While a number of these firms identified sustainability related innovations as important, responses were less clear with respect to environmental sustainability as a driver of innovation.

This paper uses this research to examine sustainability as a potential driver for innovation in the SME sector of the construction industry, and to suggest approaches to enhance such innovation.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2008 00:18
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation, sustainability, construction, building, residential, environment
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4056

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