Evaluating the barriers to entry for non-conventional building materials

Natasha Watson, Pete Walker, Andrew Wylie, Celia Way

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

To achieve broader acceptance by the construction sector, novel and innovative materials and technologies often have to overcome a variety of market barriers. To evaluate attitudes to non-conventional materials and technologies in the UK, sixty-two construction professionals were surveyed on their opinions and views, how often these materials are used, and what influences their specification and use in building projects. Survey data have been analysed using qualitative techniques influenced by grounded theory to form an understanding of the construction industry and non-conventional building materials. Initial findings suggest that the most important barriers to market acceptance are high costs, lack of technical knowledge, and lack of client understanding. Proposed solutions suggested include increasing client and designer awareness through case studies, and knowledge sharing with professional with previous experience with non-conventional materials and legislative incentives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Thinking in Structural Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationRecent Achievements
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Pages254-255
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9783857481253
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
EventIABSE 2012 Spring Conference on Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements - Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 7 May 20129 May 2012

Publication series

NameGlobal Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements

Conference

ConferenceIABSE 2012 Spring Conference on Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements
CountryEgypt
CitySharm El Sheikh
Period7/05/129/05/12

Keywords

  • Barriers to entry
  • Interviews
  • Materials
  • Perceptions
  • Questionnaire
  • Sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

Cite this

Watson, N., Walker, P., Wylie, A., & Way, C. (2012). Evaluating the barriers to entry for non-conventional building materials. In Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements (pp. 254-255). (Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements). International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE).

Evaluating the barriers to entry for non-conventional building materials. / Watson, Natasha; Walker, Pete; Wylie, Andrew; Way, Celia.

Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements. International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), 2012. p. 254-255 (Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Watson, N, Walker, P, Wylie, A & Way, C 2012, Evaluating the barriers to entry for non-conventional building materials. in Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements. Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), pp. 254-255, IABSE 2012 Spring Conference on Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 7/05/12.
Watson N, Walker P, Wylie A, Way C. Evaluating the barriers to entry for non-conventional building materials. In Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements. International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). 2012. p. 254-255. (Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements).
Watson, Natasha ; Walker, Pete ; Wylie, Andrew ; Way, Celia. / Evaluating the barriers to entry for non-conventional building materials. Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements. International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), 2012. pp. 254-255 (Global Thinking in Structural Engineering: Recent Achievements).
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