Energy Flows and Materials in the Built Environment

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1TM117

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Technology G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 31 January 2023
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

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

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.