SURV07013 2019 Building Surveying

General Details

Full Title
Building Surveying
Transcript Title
Building Surveying
N/A %
Subject Area
SURV - Surveying
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
Owen Feeney
Programme Membership
SG_CCONS_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Construction in Construction Management SG_SCONS_N07 202000 Certificate in Science in Construction Site Management

This modules covers the prevention, recognition and diagnosis of construction defects. It provides and understanding of their causes including the making recommendations for suitable remediation works. It covers the procedures in carrying out building surveys and compiling reports.
It also includes a focus on building energy efficiency, including upgrading and retrofitting to low energy and passive standards, BER, U Value calculations, thermal bridging detailing and airtightness strategies and detailing.

Learning Outcomes

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


Produce a well constructed building survey report of a building.


Diagnose the causes of structural and non-structural defects in existing buildings and make recommendations for remediation works.


Demonstrate an awareness of the suitability and potential lifespan materials and details used in buildings and advise on maintenance requirements to prolong lifecycle.


Identify poor designs, details, site practices and workmanship on site for construction projects, describe the potential resulting defects thereof and advise on the most cost effective alternatives.


Calculate elemental U values, devise airtightness strategies, calculate BER ratings for buildings and advise of retrofitting solutions for building energy upgrades to Passive and NZEB standards.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using a combination of live lectures and blended learning techniques. This approach is expected to address student-learning needs. A learning platform such as Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. tutorial recordings plus supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. uploading
assignments and projects). This blended approach (lectures and pre-recorded tutorials) allows students work at their own pace.

Module Assessment Strategies

Mid term summative and formative assessment.

Major summative project. 

Summative Final exam. Final exam is compulsory pass.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Project for submission to Autumn exam board and Final exam at Autumn repeat exam session

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Building Surveying profession, preparation of Building Survey reports, Methodology when carrying out surveys.
  2. Exterior of building, inspection of site boundaries with reference to deed/land registry maps.
  3. Diagnosing defects in foundations, causes of cracking in buildings. types of settlement - causes & remediation.
  4. Defects in ground and upper floors, Timber and concrete floor defects.
  5. Defects in walls, masonry defects, render defects, retaining walls.
  6. Defects in pitched and flat roofs - good design and site practices for defect prevention, chimneys, external joinery. External coverings defects.
  7. Dampness in buildings - diagnosing condensation, penetrating damp, rising damp. prevention and remediation measures. Mould growth and interstitial condensation.
  8. Defects in materials and remediation; Timber; dry and wet rot, insect attack, strength class, sizing, concrete and masonry.
  9. Timber frame construction. Good design and site practices, workmanship and design details. Potential defects and correct implementation of fire regulations.
  10. Conservation of fuel and energy; Part L, NZEB & Passive standard, Calculating U values, Insulation types and options for upgrades.Calculating U values. Cold bridging types and detailing. Air tightness strategies. BER ratings and associated software.
  11. Building BER upgrades & Retrofitting to passive standards.
  12. Maintenance & Facilities Management introduction.
  13. Conservation and rehabilitation of old buildings.
  14. Building surveys on large buildings.

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 Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning UNKNOWN self-directed 5 Weekly 5.00
Lecture Online Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Online Asynchronous 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2016 Building Construction Handbook Eleventh Edition
ISBN 1315695170 ISBN-13 9781315695174
Required Reading
2005-11 House Inspector Gulf Professional Publishing
ISBN 0728204894 ISBN-13 9780728204898

This book is a concise and comprehensive guide to building defects and building inspection. Whether, as a practitioner you are employed in buying, selling, managing or maintaining houses or whether, or as a layperson, you are buying a property to invest or live in, this book will help you make sound decisions and avoid costly mistakes. Written by two highly experienced authors, House Inspector is a general and accessible book which describes how and why house construction has changed, identifies some of the more common defects, and provides a series of elemental check lists. Essential reading for trainees and general practice surveyors, maintenance inspectors, housing managers, estate agents, planners, and even private purchasers and investors. This book will improve your knowledge and understanding of potential problems and provide a simple framework for a competent building inspection.

Required Reading
2012 Homebond House Building Manual
ISBN 0952361485 ISBN-13 9780952361480

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