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Article: Evaluating unauthorized appendages in private apartment buildings

TitleEvaluating unauthorized appendages in private apartment buildings
Authors
KeywordsApartment buildings
Building safety
Governance
Hong Kong
Residential buildings
Unauthorized appendages
Unauthorized building works
Issue Date2008
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09613218.html
Citation
Building Research And Information, 2008, v. 36 n. 6, p. 568-579 How to Cite?
AbstractHong Kong is a densely populated city where high-rise buildings are common. In such an environment, building failures can pose a serious threat. Unauthorized building works, which are constructed without prior approval and consent from the government, are responsible for certain building-related accidents. In particular, those unauthorized building works attached to the external envelopes of buildings endanger the lives not only of their occupants, but also of passers-by and they cause damage to properties themselves. An overview of the proliferation of unauthorized building works in Hong Kong is provided followed by the first known empirical study on this topic. After inspecting 323 apartment buildings in two districts, the factors affecting the proliferation of unauthorized building works were analysed. It was found that buildings with amenities incorporated into their designs generally had fewer unauthorized building works on their external envelopes. However, owners associations or property management companies did not have any influence on unauthorized building work numbers for their buildings. These findings have far-reaching implications on the formulation of government policies for building safety. The formation of statutory owners associations or the engagement of property management companies is not effective in containing the unauthorized building work problems in Hong Kong. Community education and stricter law enforcement would be more effective.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59748
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.196
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.433
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
Research Grant Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR)HKU 7107/04E
HKU 7131/05E
Small Project Funding of The University of Hong Kong
HKU Research Group on Sustainable Cities Seed Grant
Buildings Department, Home Affairs Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR
Funding Information:

The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support provided by the Research Grant Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) (Grant Nos HKU 7107/04E and HKU 7131/05E), the Small Project Funding of The University of Hong Kong, and the HKU Research Group on Sustainable Cities Seed Grant, which made this research possible. They would also like to thank the Buildings Department, Home Affairs Department of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR for their kindly provision of information and support for the study.

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dc.contributor.authorChau, KWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYau, Yen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T03:56:40Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T03:56:40Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBuilding Research And Information, 2008, v. 36 n. 6, p. 568-579en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0961-3218en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/59748-
dc.description.abstractHong Kong is a densely populated city where high-rise buildings are common. In such an environment, building failures can pose a serious threat. Unauthorized building works, which are constructed without prior approval and consent from the government, are responsible for certain building-related accidents. In particular, those unauthorized building works attached to the external envelopes of buildings endanger the lives not only of their occupants, but also of passers-by and they cause damage to properties themselves. An overview of the proliferation of unauthorized building works in Hong Kong is provided followed by the first known empirical study on this topic. After inspecting 323 apartment buildings in two districts, the factors affecting the proliferation of unauthorized building works were analysed. It was found that buildings with amenities incorporated into their designs generally had fewer unauthorized building works on their external envelopes. However, owners associations or property management companies did not have any influence on unauthorized building work numbers for their buildings. These findings have far-reaching implications on the formulation of government policies for building safety. The formation of statutory owners associations or the engagement of property management companies is not effective in containing the unauthorized building work problems in Hong Kong. Community education and stricter law enforcement would be more effective.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09613218.htmlen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofBuilding Research and Informationen_HK
dc.subjectApartment buildingsen_HK
dc.subjectBuilding safetyen_HK
dc.subjectGovernanceen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectResidential buildingsen_HK
dc.subjectUnauthorized appendagesen_HK
dc.subjectUnauthorized building worksen_HK
dc.titleEvaluating unauthorized appendages in private apartment buildingsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHo, DCW:danielho@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChau, KW:hrrbckw@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09613210802386198en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume36en_HK
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dc.identifier.spage568en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
dc.relation.projectConstructing a Safety and Conditions Index for Multi-storey Residential Buildings in Hong Kong-
dc.relation.projectConstructing a health and hygiene index for residential buildings in Hong Kong-
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