Adoption of Green Building Practice in Commercial Properties in Lagos, Nigeria

  • OLA Olumide Samson
  • Adjekophori Bernard
Keywords: Built Environment, Commercial Properties, Green Building, Stakeholders


Buildings account for a sizeable amount of total energy consumption and total greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Green building has consequently emerged as innovative building concept to lessen the environmental impact of these buildings. This survey-based study therefore, evaluates stakeholder’s perception of possible adoption of green building practices and application in commercial properties in Lagos, Nigeria. The survey was conducted in Lagos, using a random and purposive sampling technique with a well-structured questionnaire to gather data from175 respondent comprising 52 property developers and 123Registered Estate Surveyors and Valuers. Data collected was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics with the aid of SPSS. The result of the findings revealed that respondents have a low level awareness of green building in general. The study further reveal that green features that would be mostly adopted by stakeholders include: careful orientation and low-energy lighting design, the use of renewable energy e.g maximum use of natural day lightening and the use of energy efficient and eco-friendly equipment. The study advocated for increased sensitization of benefits of green building among built environment practitioner. By so doing it will deepen the adoption of green building practice in the study area. The study recommends widespread supply of green features in commercial properties. Also Professional bodies should train and educate their members on the importance of green so as to incorporate the lofty practice in their daily practices. Overall, public enlightenment, awareness, and better enabling green building practice can be improved in Nigeria.


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How to Cite
OLA Olumide Samson, & Adjekophori Bernard. (2018). Adoption of Green Building Practice in Commercial Properties in Lagos, Nigeria. International Journal of Engineering and Management Research, 8(6), 182-191.