Are House Alterations Sustainable?

  • Zarina Isnin Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Tekno;ogi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Rohaslinda Ramli Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Tekno;ogi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Ahmad Ezanee Hashim Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Tekno;ogi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
  • Irwan M. Ali Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Tekno;ogi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

Abstract


House alterations have always been associated with sustainability for the future. However, a research at three low cost housing schemes in Shah Alam, Malaysia involving residences, housing contractors and neighbours showed that the construction activities or materials used caused problems and risks to social health, safety and the environment. These problems are related to lack of knowledge, skills and experiences in the building construction. Despite the presence of health and safety requirements, there remains a significant scope for improvement in Malaysia. From the findings, several recommendations are made to improve the living conditions for a sustainable future.


Keywords: low cost housing; safety and health risks; sustainable house alteration


eISSN 2514-7528 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Published
2018-01-03
How to Cite
ISNIN, Zarina et al. Are House Alterations Sustainable?. Journal of ASIAN Behavioural Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 6, p. 29-38, jan. 2018. ISSN 2514-7528. Available at: <https://jabs.e-iph.co.uk/index.php/jABs/article/view/233>. Date accessed: 21 nov. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.21834/jabs.v3i6.233.
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