The practice and roles of condominium housing for tackling urban problems in the case of Gondar city, Ethiopia
Author or co-authors: Bantayehu Workineh
This paper has been peer reviewed
Keywords: Development, Equity, Home ownership,
Summary:The Ethiopian government designed the condominium housing program to afford houses for residents, which requires the provision of infrastructure and faculties in the new developed areas. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate condominium housing institutional problems, actors, and roles in reducing urban problems. The researcher used mixed research approaches. The condominium can manage land; enhance housing supply, minimize service provision costs and compensation expenses, reduce number of expropriated farmers, minimize horizontal city expansion; and enhance housing affordability.
Impacts of building defects on the health and wellbeing of apartment residents: a scoping review
Author or co-authors: Nicole Johnston, Fiona Andrews, Richard Tucker, Anahita Sal Moslehian
Published: Building Research and Information
Funders: Strata Community Insurance
Keywords: Building improvements, Construction, Defects, Qualitative research/interviews,
Summary:While recent high-profile incidents have highlighted the impacts of building defects, there remains a dearth of comprehensive research that examines the full spectrum of health risks encountered by residents living in apartments affected by these defects. In this paper, an interdisciplinary perspective provides a comprehensive and structured synthesis of the literature on the varied impacts of lifecycle construction quality characteristics and defects on the health and wellbeing of apartment residents, including classification of methodological approaches.
Condominium to the Country: The Sprawl of Ownership within Private Local Government in British Columbia
Author or co-authors: Douglas Harris
Published: Law & Social inquiry
Keywords: Gated community/Master-planned Estate, Governance, Law, Public/private,
Summary:As a form of land ownership, condominium enables subdivision and produces local government. Designed to facilitate the production of apartments as distinct parcels of land, in some jurisdictions the condominium form may also be deployed to subdivide land for single-house lots within a structure of private local government. The principal effect of extending condominium to unbuilt land is not to enable subdivision, something that is already common, but, rather, to endow groups of single-house lot owners with fiscal capacity and governing authority to assume important aspects of local government.
Multi-Unit Developments & Owners’ Management Companies: A Compilation of Writing from The Housing Agency
Author or co-authors: David Rouse, David Rouse
Keywords: Building management, Financial management, Governance, Law, Liveability, Sustainability,
Summary:This publication is a compilation of writing from Ireland about multi-unit developments (MUDs), and owners’ management companies (OMCs). OMCs are responsible for the management of shared spaces and services in managed estates such as apartments.
The writing aims to explain the relationships, stakeholders, and systems that underpin an expanding component of Ireland’s housing stock. It is hoped that the reader will gain a better understanding of the elements necessary to achieve successful apartment living.
Investigating Building Product Selection and Information Transparency
Author or co-authors: Nicole Johnston, Michael Teys
Keywords: Building improvements, Construction, Qualitative research/interviews,
Summary:Building product performance is an under-researched area. There are numerous aspects of building products non-conformance and non-compliance that require investigation in order to understand the true extent and intricacies of the problem. For this project, we focus on product selection accountability. This is because irrespective of the extent of the problem, there needs to be confidence that those designing and constructing our built environment are undertaking due diligence to ensure the building products chosen and installed are compliant and conformant.
Investigating passive fire protection defects in residential buildings
Author or co-authors: Nicole Johnston, Michael Teys
Funders: Victorian Building Authority; Plus Systems
Keywords: Construction, Defects, Information available to owners and residents, Repairs and maintenance,
Summary:In modern buildings, a combination of passive and active fire protection systems are used in an effort to safeguard residents from death or injury by facilitating safe evacuation, enabling emergency services to safely undertake activities, and limiting the spread of fire to other properties. To avoid a catastrophic outcome, all fire protection systems must complement each other, working together in a holistic way. The aim of this research was to better understand commonly identified passive fire protection defects and the regulatory environment associated with this construction system.
The problem of aging housing: A co- and re-design approach
Author or co-authors: Hazel Easthope, Sandra Karina Löschke
Published: Loschke, S.K. and Easthope, H., 2022. The problem of aging housing: A co-and re-design approach. Architecture Australia, 111(2), pp.55-57.
Keywords: Aged housing, Architecture, Building improvements,
Summary:Older apartment blocks represent a significant urban asset, but many no longer suit their current inhabitants. Sandra Karina Löschke and Hazel Easthope look to Europe, where many redesign projects that involve residents in the process have transformed the quality of apartment living. How might we adopt similar methods of renovation in the Australian context?
Adoption of Renewable Energy Systems in common properties of multi-owned buildings: Introduction of ‘Energy Entitlement’
Author or co-authors: Aravind Poshnath, Dr Behzad Rismanchi, Prof. Abbas Rajabifard
Published: Energy Policy
This paper has been peer reviewed
Keywords: By-laws/rules/CC&Rs, Community, Home ownership, Policy, Sustainability,
Summary:The multiple ownership of the Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in common properties of Multi-owned buildings (MOBs) develops energy and benefit allocation concerns. The research poses the ‘Energy Entitlement’ of apartment owners as a critical research concept to promote the adoption of RES in MOBs. We scrutinise the factors influencing the adoption of RES in MOBs and the existing energy allocation frameworks proposed in the literature while emphasising the necessity of ‘Energy Entitlement’ that calls for an equitable delineation of energy ownership integrated with land administration principles.
Cracks in the Compact City: Tackling defects in multi-unit strata housing
Author or co-authors: Laura Crommelin, Sian Thompson, Hazel Easthope, Martin Loosemore, Hyungmo Yang, Caitlin Buckle, Bill Randolph
Published: Crommelin, L., Thompson, S., Easthope, H., Loosemore, M., Yang, H., Buckle, C. and Randolph, B., 2021. Cracks in the Compact City: tackling defects in multi-unit strata housing.
Keywords: Defects, Development, Information available to owners and residents, Insurance,
Summary:The report addresses the serious and growing problem of building defects in the trillion dollar multi-unit housing sector. The research investigates the prevalence of building defects, why they occur and how multi-unit housing quality can be improved. The findings are intended to inform changes to planning and development policy and regulation, leading to improved building quality and safety, lower costs and stress for owners, more resilient urban communities, and better urban planning outcomes.
Planning for Lower‐Income Households in Privately Developed High‐Density Neighbourhoods in Sydney, Australia
Author or co-authors: Hazel Easthope, Laura Crommelin, Sophie-May Kerr, Laurence Troy, Ryan van den Nouwelant, Gethin Davison
Published: Easthope, H., Crommelin, L., Kerr, S.M., Troy, L., van den Nouwelant, R. and Davison, G., 2022. Planning for Lower-Income Households in Privately Developed High-Density Neighbourhoods in Sydney, Australia. Urban Planning, 7(4), pp.213-228.
Keywords: Liveability, Planning, Policy, Qualitative research/interviews,
Summary:In Australia, private high‐density housing is typically marketed as the domain of middle‐ and higher‐income residents. In practice, it accommodates many lower‐income households. This has implications for public infrastructure planning in high‐density neighbourhoods where private property ownership dominates. Examining two case-studies with markedly different day-to-day experiences, this article argues that coordinated and collaborative planning processes are key to ensuring that the needs of lower‐income households are met in privately developed apartment neighbourhoods.