Indoor Environmental Quality For Rebuilding Place In Colonial Commercial Buildings In Penang


The practice of adaptive reuse is a method of building conservation to maintain the physical property of the building with significant values, such as heritage-listed buildings. This paper studies the strategies for rebuilding places in colonial commercial building in George Town, Penang. The strategies are assessed according to the four main parameters of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) (thermal, lighting, noise, and air quality). Other additional parameters are space planning and layout, office furniture, as well as building maintenance and cleanliness. Currently, there are numbers of heritage buildings in George Town which are in the state of poor maintenance according to the local authorities. Based on the building observation conducted, there were significant changes in the buildings themselves to suit the current purpose, particularly on the floor plan and the lighting quality. These changes were significantly affecting the quality of life to those who are occupying the buildings studied. Poor IEQ level also contributes to the occupants’ well-being, which was shown by the satisfaction survey conducted. Hence, rebuilding place in heritage building needs to be considered to obtain a habitable space for the building occupants, in the form of intangible and tangible elements according to the IEQ standard. The strategies to rebuilding the places include the regularity of the maintenance, practising adaptive reuse based on the guidelines, complying with the Malaysia Green Building Index (GBI) rating tool for heritage buildings, and applying indoor vegetation to promote the biophilia experience as well as to increase the aesthetical value of the building.

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Prihatmanti*, R., & Bahauddin, A. (2017). Indoor Environmental Quality For Rebuilding Place In Colonial Commercial Buildings In Penang. In P. A. J. Wahid, P. I. D. A. Aziz Abdul Samad, P. D. S. Sheikh Ahmad, & A. P. D. P. Pujinda (Eds.), Carving The Future Built Environment: Environmental, Economic And Social Resilience, vol 2. European Proceedings of Multidisciplinary Sciences (pp. 291-300). Future Academy.