Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: G2 (First Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VBKF01 overlaps following cours/es: VBK055. Alternative for: V3. Course coordinator: Miklós Molnár,, Structural Engineering. Recommended prerequisits: VSMA05 Structural Mechanics, VBK013 Structural Engineering, Basic Course and VBFA01 Building Technology. Assessment: Design project and written exam. Home page:

The course will give the student insight and understanding of the building as a system and how various performance requirements interact with each other when selecting technical solutions for buildings.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course consists of:

Building systems based on the load bearing system but with an overall view of the building as a system including all relevant aspects for optimum design. Both light-weight and heavy structural systems based on different structural materials are included. An important aspect is horisontal stabilization of the building, which often governs the overall design. The properties of the building system in relation to other performance requirements, such as fire safety, sound performance, energy efficiency, services, construction, economy etc. is included in the course, from the point of view that optimal solutions must be based on a holistic perspective.

Structural detailing connected to various types of building systems. Detailing solutions are usually important features in an optimal building system.

Design of structural systems with respect to fire, accidental actions and robustness.

Design project
A design project in the form of a multi-storey office building, where the students shall work with the building as a whole and important detailing solutions. The motives for choice between alternative building systems shall be given. The interaction between the structural system and the requirements for the building envelope, installations of services, fire safety, sound performance and construction methods shall be treated in the design project. Site visits connected to the project will be arranged.

No fixed mandatory literature, due to a problem based learning approach.