ASSESSMENT OF PRACTITIONERS AWARENESS ON THE APPLICATION OF COMPRESSED EARTH BRICK AS A WALL MATERIAL IN NORTH-WESTERN NIGERIA
Keywords:compressed earth brick, north-western Nigeria, professional architects, sustainable building material, wall material.
The study was designed to assess professional Architects' awareness of the use of compressed earth brick (CEB) as a sustainable wall material in North-Western Nigeria for decades, most parts of the world have used the earth as a building material for various structures. Earth material was well-known for its numerous long-term benefits. Therefore, this study aims to assess professional Architects awareness on the use of C.E.B as a wall materials for buildings. To collect data, a cross-sectional online survey design was used. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) on SPSS 25 software package. The ANOVA results were evaluated using a 5% significance level. results shows that Architects are aware of the use of C.E.B as a sustainable wall material because the mean scores of the level of awareness on the use of C.E.B. is greater than 3 (>3) out of the five (5) possible scores. Also, there is no significant difference in professional Architects' awareness based on their educational qualifications pvalue (0.091) is greater than the alpha value of 0.05). Similarly, there is no significant difference based on their years of experience p-value (0.740) is greater than the alpha value of 0.05). These spark the need for government policies and professional bodies to enlighten the general public.