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    Appraising the Performance of Construction Projects during Implementation in Kenya, 1963-2018: A Literature Review Perspective
    Cyrus Babu Ong`ondo, Abednego Oswald Gwaya and Sylvester Masu
    Poor project performance has been noted as the bane in the construction industry globally. This paper sought to investigate, by way of ... + READ MORE
    Poor project performance has been noted as the bane in the construction industry globally. This paper sought to investigate, by way of literature, the performance patterns of construction projects in Kenya since independence (1963-2018). This was informed by reports of undesirable project performance in the industry. This descriptive study used available studies previously done in this subject area. In sum, literature is replete with evidence on a myriad of challenges facing the execution of projects. The study established that generally, the project performance is poor and has assumed a chronic trajectory spanning over five decades. On average, the findings reveal that 35-60% of projects initiated in Kenya face cost overruns while time overrun is most severe with 35-73% projects overrunning their schedule. In addition, the findings problematize the issue of plurality of performance measurement regimes in the construction industry. Here, it was observed that no singular construct exists to objectively measure the various facets that constitute the ‘health’ of a project. This paper has contributed to the body of knowledge by examining the performance patterns in Kenya for over fifty years while at the same time identifying the bottlenecks inherent in projects execution. Importantly, the conceptual performance efficiency framework derived in the current study presents a paradigm shift in the monitoring and evaluation of projects. To this end, an in-depth analysis is recommended on the interaction of efficiency enablers in the buildup of performance efficiency index (PEI). Similarly, a further inquiry is recommended on the integration and impact of the proposed framework in the management of projects. - COLLAPSE
    June 2019
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    The Impact of LEED-Energy Star Certified Office Buildings on the Market Values of Neighboring Areas in New York City
    Min Jae Suh, Yang Zhang, Yong Han Ahn, Junkun Ma and Annie R. Pearce
    rray of benefits to stakeholders of green certified buildings. However, little attention has been paid thus far to the effects these buildings ... + READ MORE
    rray of benefits to stakeholders of green certified buildings. However, little attention has been paid thus far to the effects these buildings may have on their surrounding neighborhoods economically. This research examined the effect of LEED and/or Energy Star certification on the neighborhoods surrounding certified office buildings from an economic standpoint with spatial and statistical analyses. This research showed the unit market value of LEED and/or Energy Star certified office buildings and the parameters of LEED and/or Energy Star certification had statistically a positive impact on the median unit market value of their neighborhood areas. The findings can provide useful insights into the possibilities for additional economic benefits of their neighborhoods, encouraging a win-win approach that enhances the local real estate market. - COLLAPSE
    June 2019
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