Developing Healthy Buildings In Jakarta: One Step At A Time

Jakarta’s housing development and management practices are far from healthy. The triple bottom line approach provides a good framework for judging a building’s health.

As of 2015, Jakarta’s housing backlog was upwards of 1.2 million units. Our progress has since been slow—we are not building fast enough to keep pace with the growth in population, economy and labour force. The solution has been to build vertically—with taller and denser residential buildings. In 2018 alone, Jakarta’s labour force grew by an astounding 186,000.

A healthy building also means that it appreciates in value

However, we often hear in the media about disputes between developers and tenants over building management issues and the plight of evicted slum residents who are forced to live in vertical housing for the first time. These are just some evidence of unhealthy housing development and management. Being healthy is not just about the impact of the physical form of the buildings on the occupants, but it is also about designing and managing these units properly.

Executive Director, Jakarta Property Institute (JPI)

After an extensive two decades in the property industry, Wendy believed that it was time to contribute to the city she was born in. Prior to Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), Wendy was the Chief Operating Officer of a mixed-use development of apartment towers, office building and a shopping mall. Wendy’s earlier positions include a senior role as Director at Procon/Savills Indonesia and Department Head with responsibilities in all potential development aspects, including investor relations, market segmentations, advisory and master planning.

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