A new solution to building decay in Hong Kong - Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS)

Tony K.K. Lo, Wai Ming Chan, Ping Chuen Chan, Henry T.W. Hung

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Abstract

Hong Kong is a highly-developed city, which can be demonstrated by the high density of buildings and the large number of skyscrapers. However, the problem of building decay also exists in Hong Kong; there is a growing trend on the number of old buildings over the years. The results of poor and/or lack of proper building maintenance are dilapidation of buildings, and thus affecting the building safety, or even the occurrence of accidents which cause fatalities and injuries to occupants and the general public. Due to the discrepancies of the current measures, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) plans to implement the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) in near future as one of the effective and ready measures to ensure the property owners to take their responsibility to properly upkeep their properties. This paper aims to provide an overview of the problem of building decay in Hong Kong, the current government measures for dilapidated buildings and the MBIS. Two case studies of accidents occurred in Hong Kong which are the results of poor maintenance or lack of proper building inspection will be explored. In addition, a comparison of MBIS with other similar building inspection schemes across different regions will be highlighted for better understanding of MBIS which can facilitate its implementation in near future. Based on the introductory nature, the methodology for this paper was confined to desk study and literature review.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 26th International Business Information Management Association Conference - Innovation Management and Sustainable Economic Competitive Advantage
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Regional Development to Global Growth, IBIMA 2015
PublisherInternational Business Information Management Association, IBIMA
Pages3916-3925
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780986041952
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event26th International Business Information Management Association Conference - Innovation Management and Sustainable Economic Competitive Advantage: From Regional Development to Global Growth, IBIMA 2015 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 11 Nov 201512 Nov 2015

Conference

Conference26th International Business Information Management Association Conference - Innovation Management and Sustainable Economic Competitive Advantage: From Regional Development to Global Growth, IBIMA 2015
Country/TerritorySpain
CityMadrid
Period11/11/1512/11/15

Keywords

  • Building Inspection
  • Building repair and maintenance
  • Building safety
  • Hong Kong
  • Private buildings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Business and International Management

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