Sustainable construction practice and contractors' competitiveness: A preliminary study

Yongtao Tan, Liyin Shen, Hong Yao

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With the increasing requirement for resource efficiency and climate change adaptation in the construction industry, there is a need for contractors to implement sustainable practices. Such action will also be the source of competitive advantage in the future. However, there are few studies investigating the contribution of sustainable construction practice to contractors' competitiveness. This paper is a review of sustainable practice in the construction industry and the relationship between sustainability performance and business competitiveness. A framework for implementing sustainable construction practice to improve contractors' competitiveness is introduced to help contractors develop their sustainable strategies for meeting a changing competition environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-230
Number of pages6
JournalHabitat International
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


  • Competitiveness
  • Construction industry
  • Contractor
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable construction practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies


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