Full Title:Building Refurbishment
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:BLDS E8028
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to develop an understanding of building refurbishment functions, the nature and source of problems encountered and the mechanisms for ensuring success of a refurbishment scheme.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify and appraise the key functions of building refurbishment and the factors that favour or limit it.
  2. Analyse and evaluate the criteria for the adaptive re-use of buildings and establishing the feasibility of refurbishment projects.
  3. Identify and evaluate the key issues in the successful completion of a refurbishment project
  4. Sketch and appraise various residential and commercial property refurbishment schemes.
  5. Discuss and appraise common refurbishment technologies.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Factors favouring refurbishment
Social: energy and/or resource conservation; preservation of historic buildings; sustainable approach to the built environment & social resistance to change. Economic: shorter construction period; desire to keep an existing business running; condition of the building; planning constraints; insufficient funds; need to upgrade a building; expectation of high land values; uncertain long term view; loss of investment; unwillingness of neighbours to develop; constraints on development.
Limiting factors
Diminishing returns; suitability for re-use; marketable features; life expectancy; occupancy cost; high cost of borrowing; outdated facilities; management of refurbishment
Feasibility study
Factors addressing physical, functional and financial feasibility; Property status analysis, generation of refurbishment alternatives and evaluation of preferred alternative
Stages and successful completion criteria for refurbishment projects
Investment appraisal, design & specification and Implementation; criteria for successful refurbishment of occupied buildings
Common refurbishment technologies
Upgrading existing elements for improved acoustic, thermal and fire performance; strengthening of existing floors and walls; fa├žade retention; underpinning; heavy-lifting technology systems
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment A series of approximately 5 class-based practical sketch refurbishment tasks, worth approximately equal marks, focusing on application of theory relating to residential and commercial property. 2,4,5 25.00 100 40 n/a 0
Continuous Assessment Outline feasibility report focusing on key aspects of the evaluation 1,2 15.00 100 40 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam Examination 1,2,3,5 60.00 100 40 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
Students will be given an opportunity to remediate part or all of their CA performance by the autumn/repeat examination boards by repeating part or all of the same or similar CA.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory based 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Guided preparation of sketches relating to residential and commercial property refurbishment 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading Preparation for CA 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Study Preparation for final examination 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Riley, M & Cotgrove, A. 2011, Construction Technology 3: The Technology of Refurbishment and Maintenance, Palgrave Macmillan [ISBN: 9780230290143]
  • Douglas, J., Doran, D. &, Pratley, R. 2009, Refurbishment and Repair in Construction, Taylor and Francis [ISBN: 9781904445555]
  • Highfield, D. & Gorse, A. 2009, Refurbishment and Upgrading of Buildings, Taylor and Francis [ISBN: 9780415441247]
  • Douglas, J. 2006, Building Adaptation, Butterworth- Heinemann [ISBN: 9780750666671]
  • Giebeler, G. 2009, Refurbishment Manual: Maintenance, Conversions, Extensions, Birkhauser [ISBN: 9783764399474]
  • Baker, N 2009, Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment: Non-Domestic Buildings, Earthscan/RIBA Publishing [ISBN: 9781844074860]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_EBSUR_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Building Surveying 7 Mandatory