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Selected Melaka traditional houses: comprehensive analysis on building defects, failures and solutions including the Chetti house

Journal: International Journal of Emerging Trends in Engineering Research (IJETER) (Vol.4, No. 9)

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Page : 68-80

Keywords : building defects; construction failures; building leakage; Malaysia.;

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Building defects affect society at large due to possible danger posed; they also result in direct and indirect cost in repairs, abnormally high maintenance, disputes and possible loss of building use. Defects are generally caused by inadequacies in design, poor workmanship, building usage not in accordance with design and lack of or incorrect maintenance. Normally, dampness and cracks are common manifestations of defects affecting the exterior and the interior space. Dampness can however often lead to cracks, making it difficult to determine root cause and appropriate repair. Not all manifestations may be considered defects and not all defects are serious to the extent that it will affect building stability and occupant safety. Materials are often blamed for defects when the cause lies in the choice of unsuitable materials and/or when their limitations are recognized and taken into account in design and design detailing. The paper however focusing more into the typical defects found within the construction industry in Malaysia with the highlight stressing more into the best potential technical solution to solve its problem as well as in economic term

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