Study on the Evaluation of the Practice of Building Survey for Maintenance of Public Building in South-East Nigeria

Without an intentional practise of building surveying, the maintenance of public buildings is elusive, as it provides the maintenance with personal knowledge that informs the building maintenance. The study examines the practise of building surveys in South-East Nigeria and its impact on public building maintenance. It was done with the help of a well-structured questionnaire. The study looked at public buildings in the states of Abia, Enugu, and Imo, with respondents selected from building users and those in responsibility of maintenance. A total of 390 questionnaires were distributed, with 314 being returned, yielding an 80.5 percent response rate. The data was analysed using the computer-based software SPSS version 21 and a random sample technique was used. Statistical methods such as Mean and Relative Importance Index were used to present the findings (RII). As a result, there has been no significant improvement in the state of public buildings in the Southeast. Furthermore, issues with building upkeep have had a substantial impact on the study area’s building conditions. Appropriate maintenance planning that is proactive rather than reactive. To keep other components of the building from deteriorating, ageing building parts should be replaced. The government should ensure that most public buildings have a maintenance policy in place and that the maintenance department and building tenants communicate effectively. The government should conduct a condition survey for public buildings using the framework presented in this study as a guide.

Author(S) Details

Osuagwu Andrew Chima
Department of Building, Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

Nkeleme Emmanuel Ifeanyichukwu
Department of Construction Management, Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment, and Technology, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.

Amafili Tochukwu Nnamdi
Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

Ike Goodluck Chukwuemeka
Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

Nzeneri Oluchukwu Precious-favour
Department of Building, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

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