Life Cycle Assessment in Building Projects of Libya: Barriers to implementation

Tarek. A. A. Elkaseh, Ismail Abdul Rahman, Aftab Hameed Memon


Aim of Study

Aim of this study is to identify the barriers to implanting LCA implementation in building projects of Libya.

Need of Study

LCA implementation is very low in Libyan building projects as it is a new concept for practitioners of Libya. This might be because of various reasons. Hence, this study focused on identifying major barriers to implementation of LCA.

Research Approach

A total of 24 barriers identified from the literature review were investigated through questionnaire survey. Statistical analysis was carried for analyzing 72 collected questionnaires sets with SPSS software Package.

Research Findings

It is found that five most common barriers in implementing LCA tool in Libyan construction industry are lacked grounds for modern integrated management skills, lack of awareness, high initial cost, lack of accuracies of available data, lacked available background and information on LCA and no laws and procedure been established.


This study adopted quantitative approach for collecting data. The targeted respondents were from only two cities of Libya which included Benghazi and Tripoli.

Importance and Contribution

In Libya, rapid growth of developments has contributed significantly in CO2 and green house gases omission to environment. This has motivated the practitioners to adopt environmental management systems (EMS). One of the most common practices for EMS is Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This study has highlighted the barriers faced by building industry of Libya which will enable the practitioner for moving forward to control those barriers for enhancing the use of LCA. Finally, this study has suggested that international building standards and assessment tools should be adapted as guide to produce the laws and guidebook for LCA practices in Libyan context. 

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