Building Physics II

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1TE408

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Technology G1F
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Engineering Sciences

Entry requirements

Construction Engineering I (10 credits) or both Construction Engineering I (5 credits) and Building Materials (5 credits) should have been attended. Drawing and CAD Design I should have been attended.

Learning outcomes

The course intends to provide knowledge about the prerequisites of building and the building components' function in order to achieve heat and energy balances, moisture and sound insulation as well as fire protection. Thereby economical and environmental aspects are taken into consideration.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain durability and long term properties of the most common building materials (concrete, wood and steel)
  • Explain heat theory and mechanisms for heat transport through a building
  • Calculate the heat and energy balance for a building by means of simple hand calculations
  • Identify the moisture sources that occur in and around the building
  • Explain moisture theory for buildings and the mechanisms of moisture behaviour in building material and in the surrounding air.
  • Explain how to achieve acceptable air flow and air tightness in the building
  • Describe how to avoid thermal bridges, moisture related damages (such as appearance of mould and rot) and bad air tightness in the building
  • Account for the requirements related to sound insulation and fire protection


The house as a system in terms of building physics' laws. Construction Engineering and its connection to building physics.

Building materials and connection to building physics with an emphasis on o Materials for thermal insulation.

Materials for sound insulation o Material with fire properties o Materials for surface treatment.

Authority requirements on energy efficiency, protections against moisture damage risks, sound isolation and fire protections o Heat, energy , air pressure and moisture balance of the building, and related calculation methods o Heat transport and U-value calculation.

General issues about building related health risks.


Lectures and exercises. Field exercises. Written assignments. Seminars.


Approved examination (2 HE credits) and written assignments and compulsory participation in field measurings and seminar (3 HE 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.