THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE ON OUTPUT OF MASONS IN SELECTED BUILDING CONSTRUCTION SITES IN ESANLAND

AUTHOR: OBAEDO BARTHOLOMEW OBEHIOYE

DEPARTMENT: BUILDING

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

This study investigated the effects of climate on output of masons in selected building construction sites in Esanland. The study relied on primary and secondary data collated from relevant sources within the study area. The study identified some independent variables ( Rainfall, mean monthly temperature and relative humidity) were responsible for the effects of climate on mason’s output on building construction sites within the study area while the output of masons was the dependent variable. To further validate this, null and alternative hypotheses were made to test the existence of any relationship between the independent variables and the dependent variable. Pearson’s correlation coefficient was used for the analysis. Data collated show that rainfall values for Esanland in 2012 were in the range of 774mm to 2768mm, mean monthly temperature values were in the range of 23.5ºC to 29ºC and Relative humidity values were in the range of 78% to 86%. Findings revealed a strong positive relationship existed between mason’s output and mean monthly temperature (range of 0.68 to 0.74), while a weak negative relationship existed between mason’s output and rainfall ( range of -0.99 to -0.84) and between mason’s output and relative humidity ( range of -0.93 to -0.82). Also, the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October 2012 were identified as the period of climate with the highest effect on mason’s output on building construction sites within the study area. It was recommended that policy makers pass a law mandating the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) to prepare and make available weather forecast for usage by the construction industry.

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