Basic Building Construction


To book or find further infomation about our Online Basic Building and Construction course click HERE.


Course overview

How much do you or your staff know about how buildings are constructed?


A property that’s allowed to fall into disrepair can breach the Decent Homes Standard, which applies to social housing in England. It harms the health of tenants, causes stress and inconvenience, and can be expensive to put right.


Upkeep Training’s ‘Basic Building Construction’ one-day course teaches housing staff how buildings are constructed, how to recognise common defects in walls and roofs and how to order appropriate repairs.


What the course covers

  • The components of a building
  • Understanding foundations
  • Recognising different types of wall construction
  • Key components: damp proof courses, wall tiles etc
  • Describing defects in walls
  • Identifying the main components of flat and pitched roofs
  • Understanding roof spaces
  • Typical defects in flat and pitched roofs
  • How to diagnose common defects, including rain penetration and other defects


Who should attend

Our course is for staff of local authorities and housing associations, housing officers and inspectors, administrative staff, customer service officers, staff involved in customer relations and repairs ordering, project workers and caretakers. This course would also be useful for tenant representatives.


Length of course

1 day - 9.30am to 4.30pm



In house at your premises or see our calendar for public courses



£295 to attend the public course, or for groups of 8 or more, please enquire about an in-house course



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Basic Building Construction

Public Course Dates

Upkeep’s courses have been developed by, and with industry experts.


All of our tutors have current or recent professional industry experience which means that you are learning from professionals with a great level of experience and skills.


We currently hold all of our scheduled courses in London, but are planning to start delivery in the midlands.


If you can’t make it to London, we can come to you with a bespoke training package tailored to meet your needs and those of your organisation. Get in touch at or give us a call on 0208 123 0804.

If you are enquiring about 8 or more attendees, please click ENQUIRE NOW.

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