Preventive Actions

Question 1:

Failure mechanism and diagnostic tools A Building Condition Survey provides an assessment of the condition of a building. Building defects will be identified and tabulated into a Building Condition Report. Building Condition Surveys are critical in the decision making process of building owners with respect to maintenance, renovation, sales and purchase and/or legal issues.

Your assignment is to conduct a preliminary Building Condition Survey on either a commercial or institution building in Singapore.

You may adopt any of the Methods/Standards in formulating the Building Condition Survey:

(a) The Dutch standard for assessment of buildings’ condition (NEN2767), Netherland

(b) Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS), United Kingdom

(c) Portuguese method for building condition assessment (MAEC), Portugal

(d) Any national Code of Practice for Building Inspection/Building Condition Assessment

Report Format

Introduction/building brief (10 marks)

Building Condition Report [not more than FIVE (5)  building defects] (25 marks)

Desktop Study (15 marks)

Conclusion (10 marks)

The report length should be around 3 to 5 pages excluding references.

Question 2:

Hard Surface Finishes (a) Discuss FIVE (5) steps of the systematic approach to building failures and defects in the construction industry. (10 marks)

(b) Identify TEN (10) common defects on floor and wall tiles with photos and discuss the potential caused of FIVE (5) of them. (15 marks)

(c) Unit owners have to deal with issues such as popping tiles.

(i) Discuss the potential causes of popping tiles and (5 marks)

(ii) Recommend preventive actions. (5 marks)

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