The Benefits and Barriers for Promoting Bamboo as a Green Building Material in China—An Integrative Analysis
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AbstractBamboo is commonly considered as a green, environmentally friendly material. However, it appears that bamboo finds limited application in the form of green building materials in the Chinese construction sector. In order to explain this phenomenon and promote the material's application, this study summarizes the benefits of applying bamboo materials and presents an analysis on barriers affecting the effective application of bamboo materials in this specific building sector. Research data are collected from both literature surveys and semi-structured interviews with a group of carefully selected experts from the Chinese building sector. Fifteen characteristic barriers are identified, such as ineffective action by government departments. An integrative analysis is conducted, including investigation on the hierarchy structure among characteristic barriers using the interpretive structural modeling (ISM) method and the classification of barriers from a driving-driven perspective using the Cross-impact Matrix Multiplication Applied to Classification (MICMAC) technique. This classification provides a different profile for the characteristic barriers from that of traditional barrier analysis methods. The findings provide valuable references for helping policy makers and practitioners adopt effective policies and measures to promote the application of bamboo for green materials in building sector.
All Author(s) ListLiyin Shen, Junsi Yang, Rong Zhang, Changzhuan Shao, Xiangnan Song
Journal nameSustainability
Volume Number11
Issue Number9
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsbamboo, green building material, characteristic barriers, interpretive structural modeling (ISM), Cross-impact Matrix Multiplication Applied to Classification (MICMAC)

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