Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 12. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VTVA05 overlap following cours/es: VTT090, VTT091, VTT090 och VTT091. Compulsory for: L1. Course coordinator: Univ lecturer Åsa Knutson,, Trafikteknik. Assessment: Satisfactory written exam in both parts, building construction and environmental knowledge. Satisfactory project tasks. Participation in study trips. The grading is based on the results of the exam, in which both parts are equally valued. Parts: 2.

Building construction: fundamental skills in building and installation construction, taking into consideration the energy effect, damp proofing and sound building structure.

Environmental knowledge: fundamental scientific knowledge of important environmental problems. The students will also be given an orientation in how environmental problems are defined and dealt with in society.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Have good knowledge of the most common building and installation construction systems from different time epochs.

Understand fundamental physical building phenomena.

Have fundamental knowledge of the scientific mechanisms behind important environmental problems such as hothouse effects, acidification and near-ground ozone.

Have overall knowledge of central environmental tools, for example LCA och MKB, and be able to relate these to actual projects.

Have overall knowledge of how society regulates environmental problems; i.e. the principles of legislation, permits/supervision and means of control.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Apply the acquired knowledge to identify and solve simpler physical building issues

Assess a building in terms of energy efficiency, damp proofing, inner climate and sustainability.

Identify the environmental issues that are relevant to the projects that concern land use in a wider sense.

Carry out overall analysis of environmental effects in connection with such projects and thereby be able to identify what further competence needs to be called on.

Independently collect information to help solve specific tasks in the subject area.

Be able to give an account, in report form, of the more important environmental aspects in a given land use project.

Be able to orally communicate the contents of such a report

The course is divided into two sections:

The building construction section, which contains fundamental physical building construction and building and installation construction. Special importance is attached to energy-efficient measures, damp proofing, damage and indoor climate. The project task concerns the development of a land area where suitable house types and constructions can be suggested, taking into account land quality, energy consumption, material choice, damp proofing and lifecycle analysis.

The environmental knowledge section, which contains important environmental issues relating to the national environmental goals and their significance for different sectors of the community: agriculture and forestry, energy supply, transport system, waste disposal. The community and business sectors’ environmental efforts are related to the requirements of ,environmental legislation. The project task is an infrastructure project with extensive land use changes. The analysis includes environmental consequences in both the construction phase and the operation phase.

Brandt, Nils; Gröndahl, Fredrik, Miljöeffekter. Kompendium i miljöskydd, del 4, Industriellt Miljöskydd KTH, Stockholm, 2000.
Praktisk husbyggnadsteknik, Sandin
Installationsteknik för fastighetsmäklare, Warfvinge
Introduktion till byggnadsfysiken, Gaffner
Referenslitteratur: Ett kursbibliotek står till studenternas förfogande.
Svenska Språknämnden: Svenska skrivregler. Liber 2000.
Strömquist Siv Skrivboken. Gleerups 2002.


Code: 0108. Name: Environmental Science.
Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Satisfactory written exam and project report. Contents: This examination refers to parts of the course dealing with environmental science. Further information: Exam at the end of the study period.

Code: 0208. Name: Building Construction.
Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Satisfactory written exam, project report and exercises. Contents: The project tasks give an increased understanding of the environmental problems that may arise from the land-use project. Integrating the accounts of the environmental problems illustrates how the student intends to solve the problem and achieve the set environmental goals. The project comprises two written reports done in groups. Further information: Exam at the end of the study period.