CONS07055 2019 Building Analysis and Adaptation

General Details

Full Title
Building Analysis and Adaptation
Transcript Title
Building Analysis and Adaptati
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Subject Area
CONS - Construction
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Michael Sheridan, JohnJoe McHugh, Paul Donlon
Programme Membership
SG_TADWO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Adv Wood Sust Building Tech SG_SCONS_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Construction Project Management and Applied Technology

This module will enable the student to perform a building inspection and building defect analysis, develop an understanding of the management and methods used for the adaptation and maintenance of existing buildings and develop an understanding of the parameters that define a buildings overall energy efficiency. It will provide the student with an understanding of the measures for improving energy efficiency as well as reducing pollution and waste in the adaptation of existing buildings. This module will also apply the principles of Passive House Design Concepts for a typical retrofit solution.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Perform a building inspection and building defects analysis.


Demonstrate an understanding of the parameters that define a buildings overall energy efficiency.


Develop an understanding of building adaptation to change its capacity, function and performance.


Show an understanding of building control and regulation requirements relating to the adaptation of buildings.


Provide project information to enable refurbishment, conversion and retrofit of existing buildings.Including the application of the Passive House Standard for a typical retrofit solution.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques. This will include workshops and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations  and supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment for the uploading of assignments and reports. This blended approach (lectures and workshops) brings student together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (60%), continuous assessment and course work (40%)

The continuous assessment and course work will involve:

Building Survey and defect analysis

Show an understanding of the Building Energy Assessment Procedure

Provide client advice regarding measures for improving energy efficiency as well as reducing pollution and waste in the adaptation of existing buildings


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous assessment and/or final exam

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus


Building Survey

  • How to inspect buildings
  • What to record
  • Defect analysis
  • Writing a building survey report


Building Energy Performance

  • Legislative Directive (EU) 2018/844 'Energy Performance of Buildings Directive'.
  • Calculate Elemental U-values
  • Perform Building Energy Rating (BER) using the 'Dwelling Energy Assessment Procedure' methodology (DEAP) to calculate energy use and COemissions. 


Building Performance Management

  • Principles of Adaption, refurbishment, conversion, retrofit
  • Options and processes of modernizing residential and commercial buildings and enhancing overall performance

Sustainable refurbishment

  • Measures for improving energy efficiency as well as reducing pollution and waste in the refurbishment of existing buildings

Building Control

  • Code compliance, Building regulation compliance

Application of the Passive House Standard for a typical retrofit solution .

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013 Building Surveys Routledge
ISBN 9780415635844 ISBN-13 0415635845

"This updated eighth edition features new material on modern methods of construction, and the drive for green homes.Essential reading for building construction students, professional surveyors, and others who may be required to inspect and report on buildings. Illustrated throughout with colour photos showing examples of building defects in full detail.Building Surveys has been a trusted guide for both students and professionals for over 30 years, evolving throughout its eight editions to address the challenges and responsibilities of the building surveying role. It covers everything needed for initial inspections such as equipment, know-how and procedures to writing an accurate report, making it indispensable to those practicing in or studying this field. All the structural aspects of property surveying are explained, covering foundations, walls and roofs as well as what to look out for, and how to deal with problems. Materials and techniques no longer in use are covered as well as new technologies, so the reader is prepared for anything they might encounter. Legal considerations and recent cases are also used to illustrate good working practice, making this an extremely practical companion to the subject. "--

Required Reading
2011-01-31 Building Surveys and Reports Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN 1405197617 ISBN-13 9781405197618

This book provides guidance on building survey work for typical residential, commercial and industrial buildings, with advice on how to diagnose a wide range of defects. It considers both modern and older construction methods, together with new and traditional materials. The particular problems of alteration and renovation work are discussed, with guidance on how to carry out measured surveys. A separate chapter covers survey problems after flood and fire damage, and the legal section takes account of recent developments in case law relating to inspections and surveys of properties. This new edition continues to provide a thorough treatment of all the key issues relating to surveying buildings, dealing with the problems that surveyors are likely to encounter when inspecting buildings. Changes for the new edition include: Examples and references have been updated Evaluation of condition rating systems for domestic and commercial buildings A new section on the home condition reports More information on slate defects Bibliography revised and expanded, to make it more comprehensive Additional appendix showing the home condition report format

Required Reading
2014 Understanding Housing Defects Estates Gazette Limited
ISBN 0080971121 ISBN-13 9780080971124

"Understanding Housing Defects provides a concise, coherent and comprehensive introduction to the causes, investigation and diagnosis of defects in domestic buildings.For this new edition, many of the chapters have been substantially updated and new photographs have been added. There are four new chapters covering:How defects are definedAn overview of building and architectural historyExternal joinery and painted finishesEnvironmental and health- related building problemsMany of the 21 chapters cover a specific building element and include a brief introduction setting out construction principles and the evolution of current practice. All of the chapters consider the identification, cause and diagnosis of common (and sometimes not so common) defects. Thisbook is a must have for all those students and practitioners who require a broad understanding of housing defects. Building surveyors, general practice surveyors, architects, estate agents, housing officers and anyone involved in the management and maintenance of property as well as its construction will benefit hugely from this highly informative full-colour text. Written by the authors of The Construction of Houses, the book is also the natural companion to this bestselling textbook"--

Required Reading
2015-08-12 The Passivhaus Designer's Manual
ISBN 0415522692 ISBN-13 9780415522694

Passivhaus is the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world, with almost 50,000 buildings realised to date. Applicable to both domestic and non-domestic building types, the strength of Passivhaus lies in the simplicity of the concept. As European and global energy directives move ever closer towards Zero (fossil) Energy standards, Passivhaus provides a robust 'fabric first' approach from which to make the next step. The Passivhaus Designers Manualis the most comprehensive technical guide available to those wishing to design and build Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings. As a technical reference for architects, engineers and construction professionals The Passivhaus Designers Manualprovides: State of the art guidance for anyone designing or working on a Passivhaus project; In depth information on building services, including high performance ventilation systems and ultra-low energy heating and cooling systems; Holistic design guidance encompassing: daylight design, ecological materials, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and economics; Practical advice on procurement methods, project management and quality assurance; Renewable energy systems suitable for Passivhaus and Zero Energy Buildings; Practical case studies from the UK, USA, and Germany amongst others; Detailed worked examples to show you how it's done and what to look out for; Expert advice from 20 world renowned Passivhaus designers, architects, building physicists and engineers. Lavishly illustrated with nearly 200 full colour illustrations, and presented by two highly experienced specialists, this is your one-stop shop for comprehensive practical information on Passivhaus and Zero Energy buildings.

Required Reading
2009 Refurbishment and Upgrading of Buildings Spon Press
ISBN 0415441242 ISBN-13 9780415441247

A detailed guide to the technical aspects of refurbishing and upgrading buildings, this book provides solutions to a range of problems, challenges and issues and is essential reading for all students studying building refurbishment at all levels. It includes: existing floor and wall strengthening; facade retention; introduction of new floors; timber decay problems; fire-resistance; prevention of moisture and damp; and, upgrading thermal and acoustic performance. This new edition has been fully updated to include new technological information, and covers new areas such as stonework restoration and repair, upgrading of c1960 framed buildings, refurbishment logistics and case-studies.

Required Reading
2019-06-02 Integrative Approach to Comprehensive Building Renovations Springer
ISBN 3030114759 ISBN-13 9783030114756

This book presents a new approach to building renovation, combining aspects of various professional disciplines, integrating green building design, structural stability, and energy efficiency. It draws attention to several often-overlooked qualities of buildings that should be comprehensively integrated into the context of building renovation. The book presents an overview of the most important renovation approaches according to their scope, intensity, and priorities. Combining basic theoretical knowledge and the authors scientific research it emphasizes the importance of simultaneous consideration of energy efficiency and structural stability in building renovation processes. It simultaneously analyses the effects of various renovation steps related to the required level of energy efficiency, while it also proposes the options of building extension with timber-glass upgrade modules as the solution to a shortage of usable floor areas occurring in large cities. This book offers building designers and decision makers a tool for predicting energy savings in building renovation processes and provides useful guidelines for architects, city developers and students studying architecture and civil engineering. Additionally, it demonstrates how specific innovations, e.g., building extensions with timber-glass modules, can assist building industry companies in the planning and development of their future production. The main aim of the current book is to expose various approaches to the renovation of existing buildings and to combine practical experience with existing research, in order to disseminate knowledge and raise awareness on the importance of integrative and interdisciplinary solutions.

Required Reading
2011 Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment Routledge
ISBN 1849711984 ISBN-13 9781849711982

Based on careful analysis and experience in all housing sectors and house types, this handbook explains and demonstrates how to incorporate the most effective energy saving measures in the existing housing stock. It begins by setting out the basic aims of sustainable refurbishment before presenting a large number of illustrated case studies from a range of single- and multi-family dwellings. A practical section then details the specific measures that can be taken to reduce the energy demand of buildings, with extensive references to further resources. Written for architects and building engineers, the book combines technical and managerial solutions demonstrating that a new refurbishment culture needs to be created that radically improves the energy performance of all existing houses whenever any opportunity presents itself and whenever any work is carried out.

Required Reading
2011 Technical Guidance Document Part L 'Conservation of Fuel and Energy - Dwellings' Stationery Office Dublin

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


Other Resources


Flat classroom

Computer laboratory

DEAP software