An Investigation into Protective Measures used for Uncompleted Residential Buildings in Ghana
In spite of the heavy investments in buildings, there exists lack of protective measures on uncompleted buildings. This has resulted in of some parts of the uncompleted buildings collapsing, encouraging burglary and serving as places for criminal activities. The aim of this study is to investigate the protective measures used for uncompleted residential buildings in Ghana. Five developing areas in Kumasi were selected for the study. Respondents were selected using snow ball sampling technique. A total of 200 questionnaires was administered to owners of uncompleted residential buildings, 185 retrieved were used for the analysis. 241 uncompleted residential building were surveyed in the selected areas to ascertain the level of completion and the study revealed that while 88% of the owners had no protective measures for uncompleted residential buildings, only a few did. It was revealed that owners who adopted protective measures practised regular site clearance, regular inspection, and rebuilding of defective parts. The survey also revealed that the main benefits for adopting preventive measures were; preserving building components in their original state, retaining value of investment, increasing the life span of components, and preventing failure of building components. The study recommended that owners should embrace protective measures quarterly on the uncompleted buildings. Public education should be organized by local government to create the awareness on the benefits of protective measures on uncompleted buildings.