Celebrating over 20 years of Built Environment Education, Research & Advice

Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability

80 Jurong East Street 21
#04-08, Singapore 609607
Tel: (65) 6563 4166
Fax: (65) 6563 4156
Email: enquiry@recc.com.sg

Executive Training Courses


Design, Installation & Maintenance

» Qualified for 7 PDUs by PE Board


An extensive range of ceramic and natural stones tiles with large variations in performance and designs is available today. Due to their durability, maintainability and aesthetic properties, they are widely used as finishes to walls and floors. Defects ranging from efflorescence to de-lamination are however common, many of them have led to litigations.

A tiled surface is a complex building system comprising the tile proper, bonded by adhesive/mortar to the underlying substrate. Each layer has an important contribution towards the end quality and performance of the finished surface. Sound knowledge of the properties of tiles is required for the selection, design, installation and maintenance of tiles. Regular follow-up inspections are necessary throughout their lifespan to monitor performance and execute timely repairs.


A life-cycle approach will be adopted to provide knowledge on:

  • Types of Tiles and Specific Performances to Enable an Informed Choice of Tiles
  • Design Principles and Detailing of Tiled Surfaces for Differential Movements
  • Installation Technologies and Their Influence on Quality and Durability of the Tiled Surface
  • Maintenance Requirements to Ensure Performance and Lifespan
  • Common Defects, Causes, Diagnostics and Repair Methods
  • A Standardised System to Provide Uniformity in Inspections and Defects Assessment.

COURSE PROGRAMME (9.00 am – 6.00 pm)

  • Ceramic Tiled Floors & Walls
    • Material Characteristics, Technologies and Performance
    • Planning & Design
    • Installation of Tiles
    • Life Span, Maintenance & Defects
  • Accommodating Movement in Tiled/Stone Surfaces
    • Movement in Buildings, Joints & Sealants
    • Sealant Performance Requirement & Selection
    • Types of Sealants
    • Sealant Installation
    • Sealant Defects & Maintenance
  • Natural Stone Facades & Floors
    • Material Characteristics, Technologies and Performance
    • Planning, Design & Installing Stone Facades
    • Planning, Design & Installing Stone Flooring
    • Life Span, Maintenance & Defects
  • Defects Assessment Standardisation: After NEN 2767
    • Building Defects & Performance
    • Defects Assessment 
    • Defects Assessment Standardisation & Condition Scores


Er. Yong Shan Chi 

Er. Yong, a Professional Engineer (Civil) has extensive design and construction management experience. He started work in the HDB, moving on to the private sector where he was involved in foundation engineering and precast concrete work. He was instrumental in introducing the Autoclaved Lightweight Masonry Wall system and was in the forefront of the UOB Tower project, the first building with unitised curtain walls. He has taught modules such as Building Envelope and Precast Concrete water-tightness for the CITI (now BCA Academy) and has been an Associate Trainer and Consultant with the Real Estate & Construction Centre for the past decade.

Dr Quah Lee Kiang FRICS

Dr Quah is the Director of the Real Estate & Construction Centre and the Real Estate & Construction Academy in Singapore. She has extensive regional and international experience in Project and Facilities Management & Maintenance research, advice and academia.

Dr Quah led the EU funded project BE4213 Condition Assessment and Maintenance Strategies for Buildings and Building Components, which among other things, sought to develop an objective building condition assessment system. This project formed part of ongoing research over the last 20 years which culminated in Dutch Standard NEN 2767 on Condition Assessment of Buildings, believed to be a ‘world first’.

Dr Quah’s professional and research affiliations include being Coordinator of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Working Commission 70 on Facilities Management and Maintenance for a decade and past President of the Chartered Institute of Building Singapore Centre.  She was also a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Asia Board, Singapore Board and Asia Pacific Sustainability Board.

Dr Quah was conferred an Honorary Fellow by Oxford Brookes University for her work in real estate and construction education and the unusual impact her career has had on this particular academic field in Asia.


Wednesday 27 Dec 2023


Option 1 (Face-to-Face)

Venue: Unit #04-08, Devan Nair Institute for Employment & Employability
80 Jurong East St 21, Singapore 609607

Option 2 (Live Streaming via RECC Elearning Portal)

Username and password will be assigned on receipt of registration and course fees


$615 nett per person. Course fees includes full colour course documentation and refreshments at tea breaks. 

RECC is pleased to inform that course fee funding of $112.50 per person is available from e2i, subject to terms and conditions being met. Please enquire for further details.

In addition, all Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website (www.skillsfuture.sg/credit) to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory. NTUC members may claim up to $250 under the Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP). 


The course has been approved for 7 PDU units under the PE Board Continuing Professional Development programme. Attendance certificates will be issued; they may also be suitable for meeting the CPD requirements of other relevant professional bodies not operating a CPD course accreditation system.


The course will benefit those who have a vested interest in buildings including:

  • Developers
  • Building Owners
  • Government Officials
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Project Managers
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Contractors/Sub-Contractors/Suppliers
  • Property Managers
  • Facilities Managers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Management Corporations
  • Town Councils
  • and Others


Cancellations made one week before the scheduled commencement date of the course will be subjected to an administrative fee of $100.00. The full fee of $615.00 will be payable thereafter for any cancellation; substitutions can be made at any time.


Mr Ken Chew
Tel: 6563 4166
Fax: 6563 4156 
E-mail: exectrg@recc.com.sg


It may be necessary for reasons beyond RECC’s control, to change the content and timing of the programme and the identity of the course leader/s.




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