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Title: Implementing environmental management systems in construction: Lessons from quality systems
Authors: Ofori, G. 
Gang, G. 
Briffett, C. 
Keywords: Benefits and costs
Environmental management systems
Quality management systems
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Ofori, G., Gang, G., Briffett, C. (2002). Implementing environmental management systems in construction: Lessons from quality systems. Building and Environment 37 (12) : 1397-1407. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Quality has been a key issue in Singapore's construction industry since the late 1980s. ISO 9000 certification is now compulsory for large construction enterprises and is an important feature of the industry. Following the global trend, environmental issues are gaining prominence in the country. A few companies have been certified to the ISO 14000 standard. It is predicted that this standard will have an impact which is similar to that of ISO 9000. Organisations are being urged to implement integrated management systems (IMS). A study was undertaken to assess the perceptions and expectations of contractors concerning ISO 9000 certification and the costs and benefits in practice. Contractors' expectations of ISO 14000 certification were also ascertained, together with their environmental awareness, policies and current practices, and their views on measures which could promote its widespread adoption. The study was based on a postal survey. It was found that contractors had derived benefits from ISO 9000 but were driven by short-term cost-benefit considerations. Their attitude to ISO 14000 certification was generally similar. Suggestions for increasing the likelihood of a high uptake of ISO 14000, and IMS are made. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Building and Environment
ISSN: 03601323
DOI: 10.1016/S0360-1323(01)00115-9
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