Course syllabus

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Sustainable Building Technology

VBFN01, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Elective for: V5-hb, V5-bf
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


To give more advanced knowledge about how the resources of the earth are used in an as efficient and gentle way as possible regarding designing and building houses.

The aim is to use the natural resources in an efficient and for the environment friendly way before energy and resources are supplied to the system of the building so that energy bought for heating, cooling and electricity supply is minimized. To attain this, knowledge is required about the technical prerequisities and limitations that exists, where a satisfying indoor climate is one fundamental prerequisite.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


By way of introduction relevant terms such as sustainable building in a global perspective together with international and national goals are presented. Then focus is on building and building services technology.

The course deals with sustainability in aspects of; low energy use, comfortable and healthy indoor climate, moisture safety and cautious use of natural resources.

The course treats technical solutions applied in low-energy houses such as passive houses and plus energy houses where the building produces more energy than it uses on a yearly basis; how to use the solar energy and integrate this in the building component; sustainable building materials, hybrid ventilation is presented where the natural driving forces are used during periods when it is possible. The technical solutions are analysed in point of energy, indoor environment and moisture. The course also deals with new combinations of material from environmental- and health aspects, moisture, mould, other environmental damaging substances from the building trade, passiv building design and demolition and recycling.

The course includes exercises in which the students in groups will design sustainable buildings with the technical solutions; building envelope, structure, building material and building service. The students will calculate moisture and heat conditions i critical parts, calculate technical performance and design input for local energy supply systems such as heat pumps and solar collectors, design windows and calculate the daylight factor, design structure and sunshading to give good thermal climate with a low cooling energy need and design a demand controlled ventilation system.

The course is the last within the building service and the building physics area and concludes the area which makes it a synthesis course for this specialization.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination and exercise. To pass the course the students must pass the examination and complete the project exercise. A well done project can raise the final grade.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0112. Name: Sustainable Building Technology.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination
Code: 0212. Name: Exercise.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written report and oral presentation of project exercise. Approved computer and laboratory exercises. Contents: Dimensioning of passive house regarding power need, photo voltaics, solar heating, day light, choise of environmental and healthfriendly materials, solar shading, termal indoor climate, heating system, ventilation system and moisture safety.


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: VBFN05 Energy, Air Movements and Moisture at Rebuilding and Administration.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Birgitta Nordquist,
Course coordinator: Petter Wallentén,
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