Facilities and maintenance services for sustainable high-rise living

Mal Kong Sia, Wong Chin Yew, Zhi Yong Lim, Ye Dongqing

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Purpose: It is essential to provide the necessary facilities in a building for human living. However, most unit owners of high-rise buildings do not realise the importance of good property management until their buildings and common facilities have deteriorated. It is thus important to ensure adequate maintenance is provided to create and sustain a healthy living environment for high-rise households. The purpose of this study is to measure and compare the perceptions and satisfactions of residents with the facilities and maintenance services provided in two different condominiums located next to each other. Design/methodology/approach: Survey questionnaires were used, and the data were collected from 120 residents of each condominium which was developed by the same developer but completed at different times. Using the IBM SPSS Statistics software, cross tabulations, χ2 tests of independence and independent-samples t-tests were carried out for descriptive and inferential statistics. A simple post questionnaire survey was conducted to confirm the findings obtained from χ2 tests and t-tests. Findings: The results show that residents’ perceptions of facilities and maintenance services provided are significantly higher for the newer condominium compared to the older one. Residents’ satisfactions with facilities are also higher for the newer condominium. However, poorer lift services and their maintenance have resulted in lower overall mean satisfaction with maintenance services for the newer condominium. Nevertheless, results from data collected in post questionnaire survey reveal that the respondents still prefer to live in the newer condominium despite higher rental rates. Research limitations/implications: This paper reports only the data collected from samples of two condominiums in Kuala Lumpur. Practical implications: There is a dearth of literature on residents’ perceptions and satisfactions towards facilities and maintenance services provided for high-rise residential living, particularly in Malaysia, where high-rise buildings are either managed by joint management body or management corporation depending on whether the strata titles have been issued. The findings can be used as benchmarks for property management purposes of condominiums. Originality/value: This paper could be considered as the first in reporting residents’ perceptions and satisfactions with the facilities and maintenance services provided in residential high-rise buildings since the implementation of the Strata Management Act 2013, which was implemented to provide for proper maintenance and management of high-rise buildings and the common properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-348
Number of pages19
JournalFacilities
Volume36
Issue number7-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • Condominiums
  • Facilities
  • High-rise
  • Maintenance services
  • Perception
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction

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Facilities and maintenance services for sustainable high-rise living. / Sia, Mal Kong; Yew, Wong Chin; Lim, Zhi Yong; Dongqing, Ye.

In: Facilities, Vol. 36, No. 7-8, 01.01.2018, p. 330-348.

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Sia, Mal Kong ; Yew, Wong Chin ; Lim, Zhi Yong ; Dongqing, Ye. / Facilities and maintenance services for sustainable high-rise living. In: Facilities. 2018 ; Vol. 36, No. 7-8. pp. 330-348.
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