Preserving colonial buildings in Malaysia: identifying factors of building defects

Preserving colonial buildings in Malaysia: identifying factors of building defects. International Surveying Research Journal, 6 (2): 1. pp. 1-10. ISSN eISSN 2232-1306 (2016)


Building deteriorates as the building grow older. Therefore, building defects need to be rectified in order for the building to perform its required function. Malaysia holds a good number of buildings that age more than 100 years and poses significant architectural and historical values. Colonial buildings are among the buildings that represent the cultural and identity during its construction era. Preservation of colonial buildings is imperative to ensure that despite their age, these buildings can still perform their required functions. This
research intends to investigate the types of defects found on the colonial buildings and suggest the remedial to
rectify the defects. Data collection was done via selecting three colonial buildings within the district of Kuala
Lipis, Pahang as the case study samples. Findings have demonstrated that the most common defect found was fungal or harmful growth, which is believed due to lack of maintenance, clog on the rainwater downpipe and constant exposure to the rainwater. This study also exhibits findings on the four major causes of building defects namely human act, environmental, insect attack and faulty design. Thus, proper maintenance work need to be carried out in order to conserve all these colonial buildings to sustain its lifecycle to stand tall as among the other country’s architectural and historical buildings.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Colonial building, conservation, building performance
Taxonomy: By Subject > Architecture, Planning & Surveying > Building Surveying
By Subject > Architecture, Planning & Surveying > Architecture
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Architecture, Planning & Surveying
Depositing User: Eza Eliana Abdul Wahid
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 04:45
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 04:45
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