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|Title||Influence of Climate Change on the Lifecycle of Construction Projects at Gaza Strip|
|Title in Arabic||تاثير التغير المناخي على دورة حياة المشاريع الانشائية في قطاع غزة|
There is a high confidence based on scientific evidence that climate is changing over time. Now climate change is considered as one of the challenges facing the construction industry. As no project is risk free and climate change has a strong impact on the different phases of the construction project lifecycle. This research in general aimed at providing a platform of knowledge for the construction management practitioners about the impacts of climate change on the construction projects lifecycle. The research also attempted to shed light on the presence of climate change at Gaza Strip, identify the most dangerous climate change factors on the construction project lifecycle, identify the most affected phase by climate change factors through the construction projects lifecycle and propose rational and formal approach to assist the construction professionals to benchmark their efforts with different phases together, which would minimize the influence of climate change. The study depended on the opinions of civil engineers who have worked in the construction projects field among the reality of Gaza Strip. Questionnaire tool was adopted as the main research methodology in order to achieve the desired objectives. The questionnaire included 127 factors in order to obtain responses from 88 construction practitioners out of 98 representing 89.79% response rate about the influence of climate change on the generic lifecycle of construction projects. The questionnaire was limited to the changes caused by temperature, rainfall and extreme weather events. The results deduced that the most significant influence on the construction project lifecycle was related to the extreme weather events, rainfall change and temperature change respectively. There was a general agreement between the respondents that the most affected phase by temperature, rainfall and extreme weather events is the execution phase. The results also asserted with a high responses scale on the need to alternative procedures and clear strategies in order to face the climate change within construction industry. The study recommended to setup a scientific research unit specialized in research, monitoring and recording about climate change scenarios in order to provide continuous feedback about the issue. Furthermore, it recommended applying practical procedures for the construction buildings through the official channels in order to mitigate or adapt to the effects of climate change factors.
|Publisher||الجامعة الإسلامية - غزة|
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