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Article: A survey of the health and safety conditions of apartment buildings in Hong Kong

TitleA survey of the health and safety conditions of apartment buildings in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsBuilding quality indices
Health
Hong Kong
Performance assessment
Safety
Issue Date2008
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/buildenv
Citation
Building And Environment, 2008, v. 43 n. 5, p. 764-775 How to Cite?
AbstractA high-density built environment poses challenges to the idea of sustainable development in respect of health (e.g. SARS outbreak) and safety (e.g. fire and structural problems). To examine the seriousness of the high-density problem, this study aims to survey the health and safety performance of apartment buildings in a densely populated city, Hong Kong, using a simplified assessment scheme. An assessment scheme based on a hierarchy of building performance indicators concerning the quality of: (a) architectural design, (b) building services design, (c) the surrounding environment, (d) operations and maintenance, and (e) management approaches was developed. One hundred forty (140) apartment buildings were surveyed and assessed through site inspections, desk searches, and interviews. A performance analysis was conducted to examine and compare the overall health and safety performance of the buildings. We found that there were considerable variations in health and safety conditions across buildings, even though they are located within a single district. Most of the variations in building health and safety conditions were attributed to differences in building management systems rather than building design. Enhancing strategic management approaches (e.g. a better delineation of owners' rights and duties) appears to be the most critical factor that underperformers should consider in order to improve their buildings. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/81887
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.394
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.121
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dc.contributor.authorChau, KWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorKingChung Cheung, Aen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYau, Yen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, SKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, HFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSiuYu Lau, Sen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, WSen_HK
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dc.description.abstractA high-density built environment poses challenges to the idea of sustainable development in respect of health (e.g. SARS outbreak) and safety (e.g. fire and structural problems). To examine the seriousness of the high-density problem, this study aims to survey the health and safety performance of apartment buildings in a densely populated city, Hong Kong, using a simplified assessment scheme. An assessment scheme based on a hierarchy of building performance indicators concerning the quality of: (a) architectural design, (b) building services design, (c) the surrounding environment, (d) operations and maintenance, and (e) management approaches was developed. One hundred forty (140) apartment buildings were surveyed and assessed through site inspections, desk searches, and interviews. A performance analysis was conducted to examine and compare the overall health and safety performance of the buildings. We found that there were considerable variations in health and safety conditions across buildings, even though they are located within a single district. Most of the variations in building health and safety conditions were attributed to differences in building management systems rather than building design. Enhancing strategic management approaches (e.g. a better delineation of owners' rights and duties) appears to be the most critical factor that underperformers should consider in order to improve their buildings. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
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dc.subjectBuilding quality indicesen_HK
dc.subjectHealthen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectPerformance assessmenten_HK
dc.subjectSafetyen_HK
dc.titleA survey of the health and safety conditions of apartment buildings in Hong Kongen_HK
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