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International Journal of the Built Environment and Asset Management
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ISSN (Print) 2046-4533 - ISSN (Online) 2046-4541
Published by Inderscience Publishers Homepage  [451 journals]
  • Post occupancy audit: assessing the quality of get-fund buildings
           in Savannah Region, Ghana

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      Authors: Kwadwo Twumasi-Ampofo, Richard Oduro Asamoah, Prince Abrokwa Ofori, Ernest Osei-Tutu, Kofi Offei-Nyako, Safowaa Osei-Tutu
      Pages: 99 - 123
      Abstract: The audit delves into the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GET-Fund) building projects in the entire Savannah region of Ghana. The aim of the study is to assess the quality of the existing educational buildings completed between 2010 and 2017. In achieving the above aim, the indicative method of post occupancy audit was used to assess completed projects. It was therefore discovered from the study that factors such as 'threat of erosion (TE)', 'substructure settlement (SS)', 'cracks (C)', 'rising dampness (RD)', 'termite attack (TA)', 'roof leakages and discolorations (RL/D)' and 'gentle slope terrain/poor drainage system (GSL/D)' posed a threat to quality of the buildings. It is recommended that routine maintenance must be undertaken to reduce defects and prolong the life span of the buildings. Finally, the quality assurance practices or measures must be given diligent adherence during the design and construction phases in a bid to avert defects in future projects.
      Keywords: GET-fund projects; post occupancy audit; buildings; quality; life span; Ghana
      Citation: International Journal of the Built Environment and Asset Management, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2021) pp. 99 - 123
      PubDate: 2022-01-21T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJBEAM.2021.120470
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Safe hubs during earthquakes and emergency events

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      Authors: Hesham Salim Al-Rawe, Ali Jihad Hamad
      Pages: 124 - 131
      Abstract: In circumstances of disasters like earthquakes, acts of war, etc., that may threaten the lives of people out on the streets of crowded cities around the world, 'Safe Hubs' aims to help these people as much as possible during panic events. In this way, we are able to protect and transfer them through underground tunnels into open areas outside the city's zone. The number and size of the tunnels depends on the population number and availability of underground spaces for each city. Cities like Tokyo, Los Angeles, Jakarta, and many others around the world have high-rise buildings and skyscrapers as well as remarkable ways of facing natural disasters like earthquakes. The city of Melbourne in Australia will be used in this study to implement the project. This research highlights the innovative design of 'safe hubs' as one of the effective solutions to save as many lives as possible in the crowded cities.
      Keywords: safe hubs; underground structures; earthquakes; emergency events; Melbourne City; Australia
      Citation: International Journal of the Built Environment and Asset Management, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2021) pp. 124 - 131
      PubDate: 2022-01-21T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJBEAM.2021.120484
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Effect of architectural design characteristics and dwelling lot value on
           affordability improvement of core housing schemes

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      Authors: Nnaemeka Bennet Christian Dillon Okoye, Ikechukwu Onyegiri, Marcellinus Okafor
      Pages: 132 - 161
      Abstract: Architectural design characteristics affecting dwelling lot value are identified as having influence on core housing affordability. Empirical knowledge of their impact for affordability improvement is lacking. This is required to devise strategies for affordable homes. To fill this gap, the study examined the effect of design characteristics affecting dwelling lot value on affordability of public core houses in Anambra State, Nigeria using mixed methods. The primary data were sourced from questionnaires and personal interviews. Kruskal-Wallis test and Spearman's Rank-Order correlation were used for the analysis. The study found all prototypes were unaffordable and established significant variation for affordability (p-value of 0.000). Significant relationship, positive but weak with p-value of 0.000 and correlation coefficient of 0.363 was established between design characteristics affecting dwelling lot value and affordability. The paper recommends affordability improvement in future core housing schemes by reducing dwelling lot value through locating schemes away from the city border and reducing space requirement in adopting land-conserving typology.
      Keywords: architectural design characteristics; dwelling lot value; housing affordability; core housing schemes; public housing
      Citation: International Journal of the Built Environment and Asset Management, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2021) pp. 132 - 161
      PubDate: 2022-01-21T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJBEAM.2021.120483
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Post-pandemic impact on planning of district hospitals in India

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      Authors: Ruchita Dasgupta, Sushil Kumar Solanki, V.K. Paul
      Pages: 162 - 182
      Abstract: In late December 2019, the outbreak of a 'viral pneumonia' called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was reported in Wuhan, China. Due to the rapid succession in the number of cases worldwide, World Health Organization (WHO) (2019-2020) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. The exponential increase in affected people resulted in a mismatch in demand and supply, thereby escalating the burden on healthcare infrastructure. Several agencies such as WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH), Joint Commission International (JCI), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), etc. have published guidance documents for codes of practice related to infection prevention and control (IPC). These documents, however, do not propose interventions related to the planning and design of hospitals. This research focuses on deriving guidelines for planning and designing district hospitals in India for improving resilience to airborne infections.
      Keywords: COVID-19; infection prevention and control; IPC; 300-bed district hospital; guidelines; HVAC requirements; project cost; India
      Citation: International Journal of the Built Environment and Asset Management, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2021) pp. 162 - 182
      PubDate: 2022-01-21T23:20:50-05:00
      DOI: 10.1504/IJBEAM.2021.120481
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 2 (2022)
       
 
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