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Building construction

Understanding how buildings are constructed and how they work is important for anyone whose job involves dealing with housing and property.

Regular maintenance is an essential part of management that reduces the need for costly repairs and helps prevent the stress and inconvenience that damaged homes can cause to people.

In extreme cases ill-maintained properties may also fail the Decent Homes Standard for social housing in England, and harm the health of occupants.

How understanding buildings benefits housing staff

Our Building construction course teaches a basic knowledge and understanding of how houses, flats and other buildings are constructed. It also outlines the systems contained within that enable each dwelling to function.

Participants are taught about the structure of foundations, walls and roofs and the various systems and materials used during the building process.

The programme highlights the areas that should be maintained and which can become problematic because of neglect or as a result of defect in materials.

This knowledge is necessary for effective diagnosis of common problems in domestic properties. The course covers:

  • The four principal components of a building
  • Cladding 
  • Foundations
  • Wall construction
  • Roofs
  • Roof spaces
  • Common problems that occur with foundations, walls, roofs and cladding.

What you will learn

After the training, you will:

  • Know the main structural components of a house
  • Know the different types of foundations, walls and roofs
  • Be aware of the various materials and systems of construction
  • Learn about common maintenance problems that arise.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for anyone who is new to housing, or who works in a non-technical role dealing with technical staff and contractors and who handles customer or tenant queries, complaints and requests for repairs. 



Please note: The Building construction course can be taken as a standalone programme or as one of five modules that make up the nationally-recognised City & Guilds training programme Understanding Buildings and Managing Repairs.

When and where are courses held?

If you have eight or more participants our tutors will come to your workplace to deliver any course. For organisations with fewer than eight candidates we also run public courses on various dates throughout the year. All public courses are held at the Institute of Arbitrators, 12 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2LP.

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To book this course or for more information please call 0333 355 4165 or email info@nutsandboltstraining.co.uk