Building Damages

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Learning outcomes for Building damages

After the course the student will have good understanding about what is meant by building damages. The student shall be able to illustrate different typical indications relating to building damages, explain the mechanisms behind them and also propose different measures for solving the problems.

In this context it is also included the ability to evaluate the risk for damage for different building constructions.


Course main content

The course will give basic and applied training about the different processes that cause damage to buildings and building components.  It also points out important methods for repair, restoration and for modifications to avoid future problems.


The lectures will also highlight the following items:

  • Errors and best practice
  • Degradation of building materials
  • Damage processes in a building, with foundations, floors, walls, roofs and their connections
  • Inspection of buildings
  • Dangerous substances in a building and the sick building syndrome
  • Radon-the problem and how to avoid it
  • Swimming pool buildings
  • Risk analyses of building constructions
  • The built heritage
  • Control of dampness in buildings
  • The issue of sustainability
  • Strategies and possibilities for renovation

There will be two tasks in the course:

  • Renovation manual – where we will focus on a swimming pool facility
  • Risk analysis on the drawing table – where we will look for possible problematic details in drawings for a building project

The work is done in groups and the final presentation will be 10 October for both of them.


The course will be given as lectures, exercises or seminars and a project task. In the schedule on the web there are lectures in the mornings and exercises in the afternoons. In practice we will make some modifications to this. In the later part of the course most of the time will be saved for work with the tasks.



The course book is: Building surveys and reports by James Douglas and Edward A. Noy.

The book is available as an E-book from the KTH library. You will find it when you search for the title in the KTHB Primo. More literature in the field of building damages is provided through the Canvas site for the course.




It will be an oral exam. Schedule for this will come in early October. Those who have done the projects and passed this exam will also pass the course.


You are very welcome to the course!


Folke Björk and Kjartan Gudmundsson

Ssutainable technology, KTH


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