Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering

Cracking Down on Illegal Subdivided Units in Industrial Buildings: A policy Delphi study in Hong Kong

Authors
Yung YAU, Daniel Chiwing HO
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Yung YAU
Available Online December 2016.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/aece-16.2017.39How to use a DOI?
Keywords
building control; building illegality; policy Delphi; illegal subdivided units; unauthorized building works
Abstract

The lack of land and housing supply has resulted in shortage of affordable housing in Hong Kong. Low-incomers, new immigrants and many others cannot afford high rents so they seek accommodations in the informal sector. This surging demand for informal housing is conducive to the proliferation of illegal subdivided units (ISUs) in industrial buildings in the city. The ISUs have posed serious safety threats to the building occupants. This study aims to explore workable policy options to crack down on the problem of ISUs in industrial buildings in Hong Kong. A three-round policy Delphi study is carried out with an expert panel to identify and prioritize policy options for combating the problem. Different measures ranging from increasing the frequency of building inspections and imposing heavier penalties on non-conforming owners to revitalizing industrial premises for domestic uses are proposed by the panel members. Among these options, stricter enforcement is considered the most workable option in terms of desirability and feasibility. The results of the policy Delphi study are discussed and policy recommendations are made.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering
Series
Advances in Engineering Research
Publication Date
December 2016
ISBN
978-94-6252-298-5
ISSN
2352-5401
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/aece-16.2017.39How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2017, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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