Syllabus for Energy Flows and Materials in the Built Environment

Energiflöden och material i den byggda miljön


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1TM117
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2020-02-25
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2023-01-31
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits within the Bachelor's Programme in Construction Engineering including Building Physics and Fluid and Thermodynamics.

  • Responsible department: Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course the student shall be able to:

  • analyse, apply and discuss principles for energy flows in buildings;
  • discuss and analyse factors that affect indoor climate in buildings,
  • discuss and analyse alternatives for sustainable energy and environmental technology in the built environment. 
  • analyze sustainability aspects of energy and environment in the built environment.


The basic principles of energy balance in buildings and provides a broader background behind energy flows in nature, as well as how energy and environmental technology can be used to reduce energy needs while providing a good indoor environment. Renewable energy sources, in particular how solar energy can be used, and how smart surface coatings on windows and facades can save both energy and produce positive environmental and health effects and link to the latest research findings in solar energy materials. Use of databases and litterature data to do sustainability analyses of materials in the built environment and energy flows and thus predict which steps in material development should be considered for sustainable construction.


Lectures and project work in the form of case studies.


Written home exam (3 credits). Written and oral presentation of project work (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Smith, Geoffrey B.; Granqvist, Claes G. Green nanotechnology : solutions for sustainability and energy in the built environment

    Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, c2011

    Find in the library


  • Boeker, Egbert.; Grondelle, Rienk van. Environmental physics [Elektronisk resurs] : sustainable energy and climate change

    3rd ed.: Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011

    Find in the library

  • Michael Ashby, Materials and Sustainable Development [Elektronisk resurs]


    Find in the library

  • Ginley, David S.; Cahen, David Fundamentals of materials for energy and environmental sustainability [Elektronisk resurs]

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012

    Find in the library

Handouts provided during the course