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ET-523 C: Repair and Maintenance of Buildings

IGNOU via Swayam


This course has its importance because after construction of buildings they need proper repair and maintenance to serve their purpose efficiently and effectively throughout their service life. In this course you will come to know about the defects in buildings and building materials and their deterioration over the period of time. The defects in buildings may be due to use of defective building material and workmanship. Deterioration in buildings and materials may be due to environmental and other external agents, improper use and lack of proper care of building over the time. Hence proper repair and maintenance of buildings is required so that they can serve their purpose throughout their designed life. The aim of the course is to acquaint you with the defects in the buildings and materials as well as the deterioration of materials and the building itself. As far as the defects and deterioration in materials are concerned, due coverage is given to common defects and causes of deterioration of different materials like Timber, Steel, Concrete, bricks etc.. Due importance is also given to the preventive and remedial measures for these materials so that buildings may serve their purpose during their designed life.


Week 1: Introduction to Defects

Week 2: Defects in Timber

Week 3: Defects in Steel

Week 4: Defects in Sanitary Fittings and Plumbing

Week 5: Repairing Materials for Defects in Timber

Week 6: Repairing Materials for Defects in Steel

Week 7: Repairing Materials for Defects in Sanitary Fittings

Week 8: Repairing Materials for Miscellaneous Defects

Week 9: Repair of Floor

Week 10: Strengthening of Stone and Brick Masonry Structures

Week 11: Water Proofing and Damp Proofing

Week 12: Strengthening of Cracked Beams

Taught by

Dr. Munish Kumar Bhardwaj

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