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Chew, M Y L and Silva, N D (2003) Maintainability problems of wet areas in high-rise residential buildings. Building Research & Information, 31(01), 60–9.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: building defects; building performance; design; durability; feedback; life cycle; maintainability; post-occupancy; wet areas; Singapore
- ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
- URL: http://taddeo.ingentaselect.com/vl=1244077/cl=118/nw=1/rpsv/cw/spon/09613218/v31n1/s6/p60
Feedback on building maintenance problems and failures provides insight into how problems arise and how to prevent their recurrence in future projects. Findings are reported from a research project on the maintainability of high-rise residential buildings in Singapore focussing on wet areas. Problem areas evaluated include water leakage from ceilings, staining/discolouration, paint defects, the cracking/spalling of concrete, the cracking/debonding of tiles, fungi/algae growth, pipe leakage and corrosion. Key factors for the eradication of these problems are identified as workmanship, design detailing maintenance and material incompatibility under tropical conditions.