|M.Sc Student||Harel Haia|
|Subject||Maintenance of High-Rise Residential Buildings:|
Alternatives for Dividing the Burden of
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Professor Emeritus Amnon Frenkel|
|Professor Emeritus Daniel Shefer|
This research paper deals with municipality-tenants relationship regarding the infrastructures' maintenance, shared by both. The work has evaluated the maintenance costs of high-rise and low-rise buildings, examining their differences, as well as the difference in costs to the municipality regarding the investment in the environment of the Low-Rise Buildings (LRB) versus High-Rise Buildings (HRB).
The study focuses upon the inequality of the tenants' maintenance burden in HRB versus LRB and in examining alternatives for cooperation between the municipality and the tenants for reducing this inequality.
The research reveals that there is a difference in the maintenance condition of the HRB compared to LRB of the same age. The findings indicate that the tenants, as well as the senior officials in the municipality, are not aware of the existing differences in the maintenance cost in HRB and LRB. The findings reveal that the estimated annual cost needed for infrastructure maintenance in LRB within the responsibility of the municipality, is nearly 3 times high as that of the HRB. The average annual maintenance cost per household, is 1.9 higher in HRB compared to LRB. In total, in HRB, the tenants' part of the total expenditure for infrastructures maintenance of the entire residential neighborhood is 11.5 times higher than that of the municipality, and in LRB the tenants share is only 2.0 times higher. While the tenants' maintenance costs in the HRB are higher than those of the tenants in the LRB, at the same time, the municipality "saves" maintenance costs in the HRB neighborhood compared to LRB neighborhood.