Applicability of international construction measurement standards in Uganda’s construction industry
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Inconsistency and uncertainty are the main drawbacks in Architectural Engineering and Construction industry globally because different areas around the world classify, measure and report costs based on the local standards and practices. As a result, global comparison for construction projects is difficult, resulting in confusion, ambiguity, poor decision-making, an increase in risk and wastage, and a lack of trust among key players. International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) was developed by professionals from more than forty global standards bodies to promote transparency across international borders by providing a reporting framework and the opportunity to make decisions about the built environment's design, construction, operation, and maintenance and improve environmental sustainability. ICMS is designed to accommodate users who are interested only in construction costs and those who deal with life cycle costs and carbon emissions, thus catering for all users in the construction sector. However, there is low knowledge and adaptation of such global standards and practices in developing countries like Uganda. This study assessed the Applicability of the ICMS in Uganda’s construction industry. Data were collected using structured questionnaires that were sent to the construction professionals. Analysis was made to assess the knowledge of ICMS by the professionals, the perceived benefits and challenges of its application and the compatibility with the local standards and practices. The results show that ICMS is compatible with Uganda’s construction industry and if adopted, it will provide a range of benefits. The report concludes by providing recommendations on how the application can be made possible.