Course detail

Conscious Modernization of Residential Buildings I

FA-VM1Compulsory-optionalBachelor's (1st cycle)Acad. year: 2010/2011Winter semester4. year of study2  credits

In the Czech Republic, the condition of buildings may be evaluated as very bad. Residential estates get old and the maintenance of houses has been neglected in the long run. The technical condition of buildings is not good, sometimes substandard, maintenance is neglected, power consumption is high and operation and maintenance costs are ever increasing. To set the priorities and time schedules of modernisation is the matter of not only the owners, designers and contractors, but also architects and urban planners. The regeneration of residential areas is to be a continual process resulting in conceptual transformation of residential areas into an agreeable, well organised, friendly and safe place to live in. The result of modernisation is the increase of utility value and space standards of houses, improvement of their aesthetic quality, and of other spaces in residential houses. The subject's aim is to make an analysis of power saving measures, to find suitable solutions and to evaluate the effect of modernisation on the load of the environment and on the return on investments.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing the study of this subject, the students are able to describe the history of housing development in the Czech republic and to evaluate urban planning, architectural and sociological aspects of towns. The contrast of photograps of more or less successful solutions of modernisation and refurbishment can strongly motivate a change in the approach to the modernisation of residential buildings. For the students, future architects, comprehensive approach to problems is necessary and can motivate them to improve their professional qualificatin.The students can make use of the gained knowledge in professional practice.

Mode of delivery

90 % face-to-face, 10 % distance learning


The student is expected to have basic knowledge in the fields of architecture, urban planning, building structures and energetics of buildings.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Technická řešení oprav, modernizace stavebních úprav panelových bytových domů, MPO ČR. IC ČKAIT, Praha, 2000 (CS)
Komplexní regenerace panelových domů. MPO ČR, CD ROM, Praha, 2000 (CS)
Monitoring domácího a zahraničního odborného periodického tisku, internetu, odborných publikací, DVD aj. s tématikou soudobé architektury a stavitelství (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Regular and active participation in seminars. Working out, presentation and defence of seminar assignment.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Structure used flats and housing home built in CR
Programme activation and revitalization developments and energeticky conscious modernizing buildings
Urban fundamentals and limits revitalization and texture development resident units
Architectural limits built-in antenna, outbuildings, super - structures and activation sectional home
Inquiry and evaluation stavebně technical state objects built sectional technology
Characteristic mistakes and disturbances in light of building physicists, technical arrangement and bearing construction.
Analysis and production operational and constructional procuration in buildings
Analysis and production power procuration in buildings
Active and passive energeticky economy drive in buildings
Modelling solving - procuration in engineering construction, proposal and realization super - structures, outbuildings and texture
Modelling solving – procuration in technical arrangements buildings and usage alternative sources energy
Complex evaluation housing house and proposal activation


The subject's aim is to make an analysis of power saving measures, to find suitable solutions and to evaluate the effect of modernisation on the load of the environment and on the return on investments.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Active participation in at least 8 of the 13 seminars held in the semester.Individual compensation for missed seminars is possible by arrangement with the teacher.

Type of course unit


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer