Sustainable Practices Influencing Timely Delivery of Building Construction Project


  • Shehu, S. Faculty of Environmental Technology, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi- Nigeria
  • Shehu, R. Civil Engineering and Construction Management, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland-United Kingdom
  • Aliyu, U. Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal Polytechnic Damaturu, Yobe State-Nigeria



construction project, public sector construction project , management, practices, policies, sustainability, timely delivery


It is no longer a contention as various scholars in the field of management and construction are in unison that the construction industry worldwide is a potent motivator that can induce the economic growth and development of any society. A key metric for evaluating the success of building projects around the world is timely delivery. According to earlier studies, building development projects in northern Nigeria encountered delivery schedule delays. To ensure efficiency in delivery time, this study adopts a survey that was created to evaluate sustainable practices impacting timely delivery of building construction project in Gombe state. Professionals who represented the clients, consultants, and contractors were given a total of 88 questionnaires at random, and the administration of the questionnaire received a response rate of 70.45%. The statistical software for social science was used to analyze the data and provide descriptive and inferential statistical metrics. The survey's resultsshowed that more than 70% of respondents had experienced delays in timely delivery of 1–12 months at most. The most significant sustainable practices influencing timely delivery of building projects with high relative index are the employment of skilled and competent labour; availability of materials; periodic monitoring, controlling, and updating of the progress of work; availability of effective supervision and management of staff; and availability of materials. The sustainable practices were further classified into: the economic, management, and motivational policy strategies, with a 33.30% cause-effect increase on timely completion of building construction projects. These facts lead the study to the conclusion that the problem of delays in building construction projects is obviously inescapable. Hence, this study recommends that: there should be concerted efforts in collaboration by various stakeholders involve in building construction project, and all necessary practices should be deployed towards improving timely delivery of building construction project.


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