Course syllabus

Building Physics

VBF605, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 4
Date of Decision: 2012-02-14

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYA2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


have general knowledge about how to design single-family buildings

have basic knowledge about different building components and how to combine them into a healthy

and energy-efficient building

have basic knowledge about heat- and moisture transport in a building

be able to identify and solve different building physics problems

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Understand how to combine building materials into a well functioning building component from a heat and moisture point of view.

Identify all parts in an energy balance.

Quantitatively be able to evaluate the moisture safety for a building.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Design building components for a single-family house and join them together to form a functioning building regarding energy application and moisture proofing.

Apply available knowledge in CAD.

Apply knowledge from the course VBF630 to design buildings that fulfil minimum demands in the Swedish Building code concerning energy needs.

Skills in using theories concerning moisture transport through building components. Have the capability to choose appropriate values for boundary conditions and material data. Be able to quantitatively estimate building components and ordinary buildings from a moisture safety point of view.


Basic building physics concerning heat-and moisture transport through materials and building elements. Calculations of moisture- and temperature conditions in building elements to create moisture proof and energy-efficient buildings. Building physical design of the building envelope, roofs, foundations and external walls. Information about methodology for moisture design, critical moisture conditions and healthy buildings.

In order to learn which parts are of importance, stationary energy- and moisture balances are established.

The project exercise is a fundamental element in the course, where the coupling between building envelope, combination of materials, control point system and nonloadbearing partitions are dealt with. The final results from the exercise are elementary building documents and CAD-drawings.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination with a theoretical and a calculation part. To pass the course the students also must fulfil and pass the project exercise. A well accomplished project exercise can raise the final grade a maximum of half a step.

Code: 0111. Name: Assignment.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: The project must contain correctly described and drawn components of a single family house. Contents: The assignment must contain 5 parts. It must contain u-value calculations, foundation description, wall description, roof description and a section of the single family house putting att the components together correctly.
Code: 0211. Name: Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: A written exam with two parts, theory and calculation parts. Contents: A written exam with two parts, theory and calculation parts.


Required prior knowledge: VBF630 Building Technology.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Petter Wallentén,
Course homepage:
Further information: The project exercise runs all through the courses VBM611, VBF605 and ABK606.