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Building Renovation 100 Certificate Hours Course
Learn About Building Renovation
Building Renovation Online – The need for good qualified tradesmen is immense and no more than for multi-talented building professionals. We also live in an age where couples are willing to undertake the work of renovating a home themselves. Thousand’s of pounds can be saved by purchasing an old property and improving it.
Whether you are a property speculator, a small builder, or a newly engaged or married couple excited by the idea of making your new home exactly the way you want it, this online distance learning course will help you understand the principles of house renovation.
This course covers: An introduction to building renovation projects, core structure and site works, replacing or repairing roofs and floors, doors, windows and walls, plastering, carpentry renovation, painting, the basics of plumbing and electrics, plus renovating a room.
Your tutor will work with you throughout the course to answer any questions you might have and he or she will provide you with feedback when returning your marked assignments.
Lesson Structure: Building Renovation BSS104
1 Introduction to Building Renovation Projects
- What and Why are you Renovating?
- Manage Risks – Avoid Surprises
- What are the Costs?
- Safety on a Site
- Alowable Tolerances
2 Core Structural and Site Works
- Moisture Problems
- Biological Damage
- Fire Damage
- Load Bearing Beams
- Repairing Damaged Walls or Roofs
- Using Scaffolding, Cranes, Temporary Supports
3 Roofs and Floors
- Roof Repair Jobs
- Floor Repair Jobs
4 Doors, Windows and Walls
5 Plastering and Tiling
6 Carpentry Renovation
- Carpentry Tools
- Choosing Wood
- Buying Wood
- Working with Wood
- Applying Woodwork Skills
- Painting Tools
- Paint Work
- Before Painting
- What to Paint a Surface With
- Getting Ready to Paint
8 Plumbing Basics
- Types of Plumbing Jobs
- Water Supply
- Plumbing Tools
- Plumbing Fittings
- Working with Copper Pipes
- Working with Plastic Pipes
- How to Replace a Tap Washer
- Earth Bonding
- Sanitary Appliances
9 Electrical Basics
- What is Electricity?
- Basic Home Electrics
- Basic Wiring Jobs
- Light Fittings
- Solar Power
- Energy Ratings
10 Renovating a Room
- Special Project
Learning Goals: Building Renovation BSS104
- Determine the nature and scope of work required for a building renovation project
- Explain how to prioritise and address the most important structural deficiencies in the early stages of any building renovation
- Explain how roofs and floors can be repaired or renovated in an old building
- Explain how doors and windows can be repaired or replaced in a building or room renovation
- Explain how plastering and tiling work is undertaken
- Explain tools, techniques and applications for carpentry work in building repairs and renovations
- Explain selection and use of paints in interior and exterior decoration of buildings
- Explain plumbing work for renovation jobs
- Explain electrical work for building renovations
- Plan and either manage or undertake the renovation of a room
Practical (Set Tasks)
TYPES OF PLUMBING JOBS
Plumbing covers more than just pipes for home water supply. It also includes pipe networks for provision of gas supply, sprinkler systems, roof plumbing, garden irrigation, grey water systems and waste and drainage systems. The focus of this lesson is mainly on water supply but we’ll touch on some of those other areas first.
Roof Plumbing and Guttering Gutter and drainage systems on buildings do degrade and in significant old building renovations may often need replacing. Roof plumbing includes spouting, guttering, downpipes, roof valley irons and also flashings which we’ve previously covered.
Old guttering systems involved using brackets attached to the timber fascia’s beneath the eaves, which then held a metal gutter. Newer systems often involve metal gutters attached to a metal fascia. Plastic guttering is typically held by snap brackets which lock around the gutter once in place. There are also precast concrete, zinc, aluminium and copper guttering systems.
Guttering is attached to downpipes which in turn feed into the drains. Gutters often collect leaves and other debris which can block the gutters and/or downpipes which take water from the gutters. If a gutter becomes blocked, water may overflow to the back of the gutter and make its way into the walls causing dampness and damage. Alternatively, it can prolong dampness in the metal gutter hence increasing any corrosion.
Downpipes, like gutters can be made from a variety of materials with cast iron being used mostly in the past and plastics and lightweight metals being more common today. Galvanised steel wire balloons are used between gutters and downpipes to prevent blockages.
Drainage Plumbing Plumbing work also involves installing drains to remove waste and storm water from around a building; including roofs, sub floor drainage, sewerage etc. Wastewater or sewage refers to all the liquid wastes of a community although some rural properties may have their own effluent treatment plants. These wastes consist of all the discharges from a variety of plumbing fittings including
dishwashers, sinks and toilets, which are disposed of through sewers. Storm water may also enter the sewers, but in newer houses there are usually separate pipes for its removal.
The construction of sewage and drainage systems form houses must comply with relevant codes of practice and standards. All systems have to be able to transport wastes efficiently without risk of blockages and leakages into the ground. Commonly pipe work must be left exposed after installation then inspected and approved before being hidden (e.g. before filling in trenches). However, it underground pipe work has to remain reasonably accessible for inspection and repair. Inspection chambers or manholes are required to permit plumbing rods to be inserted to release blockages, particularly where here is a change in direction or gradient. Beneath houses drainage pipe have flexible joints and arches or lintels over them to provide relief from excessive loads from walls.
Drainage systems can be combined where the waste from all appliances and gutters ends up in one drain, or separate where the household wastes end up in one drain and surface waste ends up in another. Pipe sizes and gradients vary according to how many properties they serve.
Grey Water Plumbing Grey water is the waste water from baths, showers, basins, sinks, and household appliances which are plumbed in. Grey water can be recycled to cut down on water wastage. It does not include black water which is the wastewater from the toilet. Black water can only be recycled using highly specialised systems which are too complicated for the average home garden. Even then, many authorities do not permit its usage for above ground watering. Black water from houses is taken to treatment plants where impurities are removed before it is discharged, usually into the sea. Untreated black water is very harmful for human and environmental health.
The simplest system for recycling grey water is to divert grey water for irrigation. Grey water from the bath, basin, shower and so forth are redirected into a surge tank rather than straight into the sewage pipes. The usual route into the sewage pipes is stopped off with a ball or gate valve which can be opened to allow grey water back into the sewage system in case of emergency. A valve on the pipe leading to the tank is also required to prevent backflow of grey water into the household supply.
When the basin or bath is emptied, or someone has a shower, surges of water pass into the tank. A pipe from the tank is connected to an underground watering system which distributes water to established trees and plants. The outflow pipe from the tank also needs a gate valve so the irrigation can be shut off. It is wise to have another connection to the main sewer here too. This system is good for intermittent watering. Other more sophisticated methods include filtering grey water or purifying grey water before use.
In most cases water is supplied to buildings by a water authority. They provide a water main and a connection pipe to each property. At the boundary of each site is typically a stopcock, often below ground but not always, housed in a protective unit. For example, on many city streets it is located outside the house boundary on the pavement and beneath a hinged metal cover. A supply pipe goes from the stopcock into the building and the depth of these pipes is dictated by the country’s code. For example, in the UK it is a minimum of 750mm because of the risk of frost damage. Where the water supply enters the building a second stopcock is located, and usually a draincock which allows the water to be drained from the property’s cold water system.
In modern houses, and older houses which have been re-plumbed, water is usually supplied to cold and hot taps under mains water pressure. Mains water is safe to drink and can be used for brushing teeth and food preparation. In some older houses there may be a cistern or cold water storage tank, typically located inside the roof space. If the tank is in good condition and properly sealed the water should be safe. Older tanks were made of galvanised steel which eventually corrode and should be replaced with plastic ones. The tanks must also be tightly sealed to exclude dust and debris as well as light, have an overflow and vents which are covered with screening to keep out insects. If you do have a water storage tank indoors and it needs replacing it must be done by a qualified plumber using appropriate fittings.
Water Tanks Although most houses have water supplied by the local water authority, many people also choose to catch and use their own water. Given that droughts are not uncommon and most people accept that climate change is real it is possible that in the future water storage might be a requirement for property owners. Capturing your own rainwater relieves the burden on storm water drainage systems in towns, and limits the need for constructing new dams which may impact on the natural environment.
The type and quality of water collected can vary from house to house depending upon where you live, the way it is collected, and how it is stored. For instance, water collected from a rusting iron roof is likely to contain too many impurities to drink. An unsealed tank may become home to mosquito larvae or the final resting place of birds and small rodents.
If you want to collect water which is good enough to bathe in, or even to drink, then you need to give careful consideration to all the materials the water comes into contact with and how it is stored. In most cases it is preferable to use mains water for drinking and use tank water for all other purposes. If you wish to drink your water but are unsure if it is safe, then it is recommended that you have it analysed.
Most stored water is collected from a building’s roof. The amount of water which can be collected will depend upon the average rainfall for your area. You can check your typical rainfall by looking at the weather data on your local government’s website or by consulting the national bureau of meteorology’s statistics.
The amount that can be collected is also dependent upon the area of the roof. For an average household with 100m2 of roof surface space and which is home to 4 adults, one 5,000 litre tank may supply around half their annual water needs(depending upon annual rainfall in the locality). Assuming the tank is filled on average around 12 times per year this represents 60,000 litres of water. If you want enough water to meet all of your household needs then a similar sized household may need one 10,000 litre tank or two 5,000 litre tanks.
Options for materials for water storage tanks include polyethylene (plastic), concrete, ferro-cement (concrete, steel reinforcement bars and wire mesh), galvanised steel (zinc coated), fibreglass, and wood (plastic lined).
Underground Tanks Water from roofs can also be harnessed in underground tanks. These can be constructed on site by digging out a pit and then lining it with concrete. Alternatively, pre-formed tanks can be used. The tank is sealed so that groundwater will not enter. Underground tanks are ideal where outdoor space is at a premium such as in city courtyard homes. They also have the benefit of keeping water cool in summer and unfrozen in winter. However, they can be difficult to inspect and repair should anything go wrong and are more expensive to install initially.
Other Water Sources Besides roofs, water may also be collected directly into reservoirs within the grounds of a property, although without any cleaning system water runoff collected in this way would not be suitable for drinking or washing with. In drought-prone areas it may be worth considering collecting water from the ground using underground drainage systems to relocate it to a reservoir or underground storage tank. This can be an expensive solution but may be worthwhile in the long run when water is scarce.
Another option is to pump water from underground bores or wells. This is done by digging or boring down to underground sources known as aquifers. Water accessed from wells often has higher levels of minerals and may be quite hard. It is also prone to contamination from other aquifers which interconnect with the one being sourced. On many rural properties water may be pumped from a watercourse, such as a dam, for use around the home. For sanitary reasons this water is typically only used for flushing toilets inside the home and for outside purposes such as watering plants and lawns. Again it needs to be pumped to where it is needed.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: email@example.com
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,