Course syllabus

Moisture Safety Design

VBFF05, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2021-04-15

General Information

Main field: Energy-efficient and Environmental Buildings.
Compulsory for: MEMB1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


To give more advanced knowledge of moisture safe design in building components and buildings; the factors which influence the moisture safety and how a satisfying indoor environment should be achieved.

To give the student knowledge to create buildings which fulfill demands concerning moisture safety with consideration of low energy use, comfort and healthy indoor environment.

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



This course will start with an overview of the goals for the master´s programme with a global perspective on environmental issues, energy needs and natural resources, directive and goals, policies, incentives and moisture design process (joint with the course AEBN05; Energy Use and Thermal Comfort in Buildings, 1st week).

Building physical design of building elements, connections entry unit and other details to create moisture safe buildings. Information about methodology for moisture design, critical moisture levels and healthy buildings.

Manual and numerical hygrothermal calculations including moisture criteria, critical moisture state, impact of moisture on energy consumption, moisture transport, moisture balance, surface condensation, moisture convection and moisture diffusion.
Project exercise is a element in the course where moisture safety design, including hygrothermal calculations, are dealt with.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The final grade is to 70% based on the written examination and to 30% on the performance related to the exercises and lectures.

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: Written Examination.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Examination based on the written examination. Contents: Written examination of the whole course.
Code: 0212. Name: Exercise.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Examination based on written report according to given criteria. Contents: Moisture design.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Teacher: Akram Abdul-Hamid,
Course coordinator: Vahid Nik,
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