The Built Environment Perspective of Climate Change- A Focus on Household Activities in Lagos Metropolis

A.C. Otegbulu, J.U. Osagie, Y.O. Afe

Abstract


According to current estimates, a variety of indoor activities like heating, cooking, cooling, lighting and other electrical activities are energy intensive with associated GHG emission. This paper therefore aims at investigating building related and household activities as contributory factors to global warming, climate change and environmental pollution. The study is a survey based research and involves the distribution of 120 structured questionnaires to households in Ifako area (which is a neighbourhood in Shomolu Local Government Area) of Lagos out of which 89 (74%) were returned for analysis. In addition 30 structured questionnaires were distributed to practicing estate surveyors in Lagos metropolis to ascertain their level of awareness of climate change and sustainability.

Findings from the study indicate that household activities are likely to trigger environmental problems like global warming and climate change. 72% of households still use incandescent bulbs while 91% use petrol generators (some of which are substandard) for power supply. It recommends improvement in power supply and better energy efficient practices amongst households      


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