Future-proofing buildings with Covid-19 in mind

PETALING JAYA (April 10): When Covid-19 struck Malaysia back in March 2020, many retreated into their homes to safeguard themselves from the risk of being infected by the virus. Yet, no few realised that there are more pollutants indoors than outdoors, says Anthony Lee Tee, Architect Centre accredited building inspector.

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Lee was speaking during his talk in regards to building safety and management entitled: “How to future proof building safety” at the Symposium on “Excellent Property Management 2021: Future-proof your investment in the new norm” today.

Lee emphasised the importance of having the right property management team, especially the facilities team as they are the ones that help to maintain the facility of the property although they were often under appreciated.

Besides that, Lee also added that the onset of the pandemic actually brought a realisation that there have been many things that should have been taken care of but neglected for a long time as a result of us being desensitised to it.

“We have 150,000 cases [of Dengue fever] every year with more than 100 deaths. But that does not mean we don’t go out. We still get bitten by mosquitoes. We have become desensitised to it,” he added.

Lee concluded that managing a property, in light of Covid-19, one needs to look back at the fundamentals of property management while emphasising that history has repeated itself.

“What we are experiencing today is familiar for the people in history. What we experience today, we have experienced it many times before… We are nothing near to what the world has experienced in the past. But, Covid-19 won’t be the last pandemic,” he said. Symposium on “Excellent Property Management 2021: Future-proof your investment in the new norm” is presented by, partnering Nippon Paint Malaysia and Panasonic Malaysia as the supporting partner. The symposium is also supported by The Edge Malaysia.

Notable speakers during the event included Malaysian Institute of Property and Facility Managers president Adzman Shah and Chur Associates founder and managing partner Chris Tan.

Representatives from the management committees of the award-winning projects also shared their insights on the importance of property management. The speakers are Westside III Desa ParkCity Joint Management Body chairman Ken Yeo Kiang Ing, Kiara Park Condominium management corporation secretary and past chairman Lawrence Loh and Sri Penaga Condominium management corporation Khaw Chay Tee.

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