TBA4170 - Transformation and Adaptive Re-Use of Existing Buildings


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
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

Knowlegde- 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 analysing 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

Skills - 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

Learning methods and activities

Lectures together with a practical obligatory project assignment. The assessment 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. For a retake of an examination, all assessments during the course must be retaken.

Course materials

Textbook: Sustainable Refurbishment, Sunhil Shan, Lecture documents. Choice of relevant articles and reports, standards and Acts and regulations.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIB3045 7.5
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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


Examination arrangement: Assignment and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Assignment 45/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 55/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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