Level of Awareness on the Usage of Thermal Insulation among Building Professionals: Case of a Tropical City in Nigeria

  • Morisade Omorinola Adegbie Federal University of Technology Akure
  • Yususf Olatunji Hammed Federal University of Technology Akure
Keywords: Thermal Insulation, Building Sector, Building Professionals, Thermal Comfort, Sustainable Practice
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Adoption of buildings’ thermal insulation in Nigeria is still at the developmental stage; evidence of its usage for high thermal performance buildings and energy efficiency connotes a very low rate as there is very little evidence-based research in this regard. This paper seeks to evaluate the level of awareness on the usage of building thermal insulation among professionals in the building construction sector within Akure, a tropical city in Nigeria, to identify factors that deter its adoption and raise the level of commitment of the professionals within the building construction sector to sustainable practices of reducing buildings’ energy consumption. This is to create a resilient built environment against the challenges of climate change. Well-structured questionnaires were administered to gather data for the investigation. Jupyter Notebook version 6.4.12 was employed for the analysis. Results indicated a fairly good level of awareness among the building professionals while the barriers that affect the level of usage of thermal insulation within the study area are the high cost of procuring thermal insulation materials, non-compliance to building regulations, and governmental policy on construction. The research concluded that a good number of professionals have a high level of awareness of the usage of building thermal insulation, but the cost of the materials and government policy deterred its level of usage in the study area. Consequently, propagation of the usage of thermal insulation should be done through education and training of the stakeholders. Furthermore, the government needs to strengthen policies that support the usage and availability of thermal insulation within the study area


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Adegbie, M., & Hammed, Y. (2024). Level of Awareness on the Usage of Thermal Insulation among Building Professionals: Case of a Tropical City in Nigeria. East African Journal of Engineering, 7(1), 35-45. https://doi.org/10.37284/eaje.7.1.1791