Towards a sustainability assessment model for affordable housing projects: the perspective of professionals in Ghana

Michael Atafo Adabre, Albert P.C. Chan

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Purpose: This paper presents a sustainability assessment model to holistically guide sustainable construction and green retrofitting of affordable housing from the Ghanaian perspective. Design/methodology/approach: A comprehensive review was carried out, which yielded 16 sustainability indicators. Then, a questionnaire survey was conducted among respondents in the Ghanaian housing sector. Forty-seven valid responses were received and analysed using fuzzy synthetic evaluation (FSE) technique. Findings: A four-index model was developed that includes: Housing and Transportation (H + T) index, household-satisfaction index, efficient stakeholder-management index and quality-related index. These indices account for 25.3%, 26.3%, 23.6% and 24.9% of sustainability attainment in affordable housing, respectively. Accordingly, household-satisfaction has the greatest contribution to sustainability attainment in affordable housing. Research limitations/implications: Due to challenges in obtaining responses to the questionnaire, the study was conducted with relatively small number of responses. Originality/value: The model serves as a tool that could be used to objectively and comprehensively assess sustainability performance in affordable housing. Besides, it could be used as a baseline to calibrate future projects and for benchmarking success levels of comparable housing projects. Finally, the estimated indices are applicable in decision making for optimum resource allocation for sustainable low-cost housing in the Ghanaian perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2523-2551
Number of pages29
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2020


  • Affordable housing
  • Assessment criteria
  • Criteria
  • Indicators
  • Low‐cost housing
  • Public housing
  • Success Index
  • Sustainable housing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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