TBA4170 - Transformation and Adaptive Re-Use of Existing Buildings


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 45/100
Work 55/100

Course content

This course is an introduction of transformation and reuse of existing buildings, focusing on their potential in a life cycle perspective. Various methodologies and tools are used to get an overview of buildings technical, functional performance (usability) and adaptability to meet new demands for the future (reuse). It gives an assessment analysis of building or buildings portfolio potential, as a starting point to manage the transformation processes. This analysis is important to minimize the gap between existing building performance and new demands and regulations. The focus will be on the transformation management, together with special topics on rebuilding techniques, old construction methods, building traditions and challenges of the upgrading process.

Learning outcome


The course gives basic knowledge about

  • transformation processes and management of reuse based on alteration of existing buildings
  • earlier construction methods, building traditions, former legislation
  • methods and tools for analyzing architectural quality and building performance (technical -, environmental -, economy (life cycle costs) and social aspects) and thereof potential of refurbishment
  • challenges to bridge the gaps according to the regulations.
  • knowledge about tools and methods for -management and development of buildings
  • methods and regulations relating to energy, environment and waste
  • fire protection / safety, energy efficiency, Universal Design to extend the life cycle of building.
  • special challenges such as cost calculation, procurement documents, technical systems into old buildings etc


The course shall give the student practical skills to:

  • perform condition surveys in all aspects using tools and methods to detect potential for refurbishment
  • use of analytical methods, tools and legislation that are relevant in refurbishment and transmission projects
  • understand the principles for sustainable preservation and development of existing buildings.
  • have knowledge about technical -, environmental - and social condition in management and development of buildings.
  • use basic tools and methods in a transformation process

General competence

  • To understand principles of sustainable conservation and development of existing building stock
  • methods and regulations related to energy, environment and waste, fire safety / security, energy efficiency, universal design to extend the building's life cycle
  • special challenges in costing, tender documents, technical systems in old buildings, etc

Learning methods and activities

Lectures together with a practical obligatory project assignment. The project should be done as group work, attached to a practical refurbishment project, and a more theoretical individual assignment.

Further on evaluation

Project work in groups account for 55% of the grade and an individual assignment accounts for 45% of the grade. Both parts of the assessment are given a letter grade, both parts of the assessment must be passed in order to receive a passing grade in the course.

In the case of a re-sit of any partial assessment, all assessments must be retaken. Re-sit of the assessment(s) can only be done in the same semester as the course is taught.

Course materials

Lecture documents. Choice of relevant articles and reports, standards and Acts and regulations. List will be shared at the beginning of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIB3045 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Facility Management
  • Building Technology
  • Architecture and Economics
  • Technological subjects


Examination arrangement: Assignment and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 55/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 45/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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