The paper looks at the sustainability factors that influence the choice of construction materials in Nigeria.
The prices of basic construction materials some of which include cement and steel often fluctuate in Nigeria as they mostly require importation. This to a large extent affects the effective delivery of sustainable construction as to choice of material used and method with which they are delivered. As identified by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (2001), one of the issues which need to be addressed in order to attain sustainable construction is the area of innovation in building materials and methods.
In Nigeria like many other developing countries, concrete is the primary construction material as this is cheaper and readily more available than steel (Dania 2009). Over the years, the question has been which is a more sustainable construction method, concrete frames or steel frames? After careful research and consideration, the findings from this research however, showed that the extent to which sustainability factors influenced the choice of construction materials concrete is a more suitable construction material towards achieving sustainable construction in Nigeria as Concrete as a choice was majorly affected by sustainability issues as a construction material by about forty-four percent (44%) and Steel as a choice was majorly affected by sustainability issues as a construction material by about forty percent (40%).
Hence considering the availability of materials from the above, it may be suggested that Concrete is a more suitable material for sustainable construction in the Nigerian Construction industry.
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