Post-occupancy Evaluation on the Physical Environment of Five Care and Attention Homes for the Elderly in Hong Kong

By Yiqi Tao, Stephen Siu Yu Lau, Jiayan Fu, Zhiyuan Mao, Dexuan Song and Shulin Shi.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Hong Kong has an aging population and has the highest institutionalization rate out of all Asian countries and regions. The provision of elderly care facilities within each district has become a major issue for the local government. To date, there have been few empirical assessments of elderly care facilities in Hong Kong. This paper is a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of the quality of the physical environments of Hong Kong care and attention (C&A) homes and the levels of comfort experienced by their residents. The methodology included observations, questionnaires, and technical measurements. It was found in this study that most of the occupants in the C&A homes were satisfied with the level of thermal comfort; however, they experienced an insufficiently illuminated environment during the daytime, and the noise levels at the five C&A homes exceeded the prescribed noise thresholds under the Hong Kong Planning Department. It is suggested that the Hong Kong POE tool for C&A homes—the RACAS accreditation system—should include more physical environmental indicators in the future, so that the physical environment for elderly people can be improved.

Keywords: Post-occupancy Evaluation, Physical Environment, C&A Home, Hong Kong

The International Journal of Aging and Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp.73-85. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 17, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 968.113KB)).

Yiqi Tao

PhD Candidate, Department of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Prof. Stephen Siu Yu Lau

Associate Professor, School of Environment and Design, National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Prof. Stephen S.Y. Lau is a Member of China Green Building Council and a LEED Accredited Professional. He is currently a LEED consultant for two projects in Hong Kong. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong and Honorary Professor, Tongji University, South East University, and Wuhan University. His interest in environmental control and sustainable building design.

Jiayan Fu

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Architecture, Zhejiang University, China

Zhiyuan Mao

Faculty of Architecture, Zhejiang University, China

Dexuan Song

Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China

Shulin Shi

Research Fellow, Faculty of Design and Environment, Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Hong Kong