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A framework for the sustainable management of social (public) housing estates in nigeria: A pilot study

Ihuah, PW and Eaton, D 2013, 'A framework for the sustainable management of social (public) housing estates in nigeria: A pilot study' , RICS COBRA .

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Abstract

Stakeholders’ involvement; effective building maintenance; and appropriate estate management practices are essential for social (public) housing estates to be sustainable. Therefore, it is asserted that if these concepts are properly aligned, the issues related to housing management and lack of supply of social (public) housing estates in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria would be reduced. Sustainable management of social housing estates could provide comfortable, cheap to maintain, good quality homes that contribute over their whole service life-cycle to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of a neighbourhood. The accessibility of appropriate housing is a measure that defines the echelon of a country’s development. However, evidence such as the extent of unoccupied, unfinished, vandalized, and abandoned social housing estates in the Niger Delta indicates that the availability and management of decent social housing estates is lacking because the post-construction management practice is not as good as it should be. This paper sets out the context for research in this topic area and reports the results from an exploratory pilot study that involved a series of semi-structured interviews (15 Nr) with expert practitioners and other supply side stakeholders in the management of social (public) housing estates in the Niger Delta. The interviews explored current practice in relation to: sustainability; stakeholder involvement; housing maintenance; and housing management. The findings indicated that there was a need for a framework for the management of social housing estates in a more sustainable manner to be developed. The results also showed that such a framework needed to adopt the principles of sustainability in combination with effective building maintenance and good estate management practices. It is recommended that further work is undertaken in this area to further refine this framework to ensure its applicability to practice in other emergent developing countries.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: RICS COBRA
Publisher: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Refereed: Yes
Funders: RICS COBRA 2013
Depositing User: PW Ihuah
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 17:26
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:54
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30993

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