Underlying indicators for measuring smartness of buildings in the construction industry

Frank Ato Ghansah, De Graft Owusu-Manu, Joshua Ayarkwa, Amos Darko, David J. Edwards

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Purpose: This study investigates the underlying indicators for measuring the smartness of buildings in the construction industry; where the Smart Building Technology (SBT) concept (which incorporates elements of the Zero Energy Building (NZEB) concept) could ensure efficient energy consumption and high performance of buildings. Design/methodology/approach: An overarching post-positivist and empirical epistemological design was adopted to analyze primary quantitative data collected via a structured questionnaire survey with 227 respondents. The mean ranking analysis and one-sample t-test were employed to analyse data. Findings: Research findings revealed that the level of knowledge of smart building indicators is averagely high in the Ghanaian construction industry. Future research is required to evaluate the awareness level of Smart Building Technologies (SBTs) by construction professionals and identify barriers to its adoption. Originality/value: A blueprint guidance model (consisting of significant indicators for measuring building smartness) was developed to help improve building performance and inform policymakers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSmart and Sustainable Built Environment
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Building performance
  • Developing countries
  • Energy efficiency
  • Smart building technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Urban Studies
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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