Study on the major difficulties in maintaining building safety of private residential multi-storey buildings consisting of owners corporations

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Study on the major difficulties in maintaining building safety of private residential multi-storey buildings consisting of owners corporations

 

Author: Choi, Kwok-man
Title: Study on the major difficulties in maintaining building safety of private residential multi-storey buildings consisting of owners corporations
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2001
Subject: Dwellings -- China -- Hong Kong -- Safety measures
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Building and Real Estate
Pages: viii, 94, [14] leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1573243
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/4066
Abstract: Our government has been endeavoring to improve the general safety level of private multi-storey buildings subsequent to repetitive tragedies respecting building failure over the past few years. Despite her effort, the building safety problems are still lingering and threatening to the general public. This dissertation attempts to explore the major underlining obstacles in maintaining building safety and make appropriate recommendations accordingly. In order to collect essential information for this research, various methods have been adopted, namely literature reviews, questionnaire survey, interviews and case study. In practice, the major underlining obstacles originate chiefly from the poor property management of private building and the unsatisfactory government effort in promotional works, ordinances enactment and enforcement. For the purposes of resolving these obstacles, a licensing system should be established for property management industry so as to maintain reasonable services standards for all types of buildings. Deficient provisions of DMC especially respecting building improvement must be rectified effectively through ordinance amendment. Meanwhile, enforcement works for relevant statutory ordinances should be taken effectively to ensure strict compliance of building safety. Furthermore, other corresponding policies should be provided effectively including but not limited to financial incentives schemes, promotional and educational activities for building safety. After all, the success of maintaining building safety is to a larger extent dependent on the concerted effort of both the private building owners as well as our government.

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