AF1032 Operation, Maintenance and Reconstruction of Buildings 7.5 credits

Drift- och underhållsteknik samt ombyggnad

The course deals with matters concerning operation, maintenance and renewal of buildings.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Degradation and durability of building materials. Environmental influence of building materials. Environmental inventory of buildings. Maintenance of building surfaces. Inspection of facades.

Operation and maintenance of building services installations. Safety and economics in building operation. Operation and maintenance routines. Consumption statistics. Energy management. Maintenance planning. Organization of technical administration.

Retrofitting methods, analysis of retrofitting needs and possibilities, public demands and planning of retrofitting.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course the students should:

Know basic characteristics of building materials concerning durability and environmental aspects

Explain reasons for the need of maintenance of roofs, facades and of indoor surfaces.

Explain the principal differences between flat and steep roofs. Describe different types of maintenance of these.

Describe different types of paints and how a surface treatment should be designed.

Make a simple examination of a facade and discuss how it should be maintained

Know how to control the indoor climate, different control systems, operation and maintenance of building services installations.

Work for safety and economics in building operation and be able to analyze consumption statistics as a base for maintenance and energy saving measures.

Know operation and maintenance routines, operation instructions, how they are made and the organization of technical administration.

Know and how to handle public demands on maintenance and retrofitting.

Estimate/analyze deficiencies and retrofitting needs in the building stock.

Know different solutions to common retrofitting problems and be able to analyze the prerequisites to use them

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Building Technology and Building Services Engineering

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Burström, PG.: Byggnadsmaterial, Studentlitteratur. In Swedish.
  • Så byggdes husen 1880 - 2000. Arkitektur, material och konstruktion i våra flerbostadshus under 120 år. Formas, Stockholm 2003. In Swedish.
  • Compendiums in Building Service Engineering from former courses. (1L1026 and 1L1041), Avd för installationsteknik. In Swedish
  • Compendium ”Underhåll av ytskikt” (Folke Björk). In Swedish
  • Compendium ”Ombyggnadsteknik” (BOOM-gruppen). In Swedish

Additional literature will be announced at the beginning of the course

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Examination (TEN1; 4,5 cr)
Exercises (ÖVN1; 3 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Rickard Bellander

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

ABE/Sustainable Buildings

Main field of study *


Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.