Course syllabus

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Biobased Building Materials

VBMN20, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

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

General Information

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


Because of the need to reduce the climate impact from our society there is a general need and interest to transfer towards an increased used of biobased materials. This is the case also for the construction sector and the interest and need of using biobased building materials such as wood, wood based materials and materials based on plant fibers is therefore increasing. This course will give in depth knowledge on these materials' properties as well as strengths and weaknesses for different areas of usage.

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




The project assignment is performed in groups of 1-2 students where each group works with one material. The assignment includes investigating the origin and structure of the material, the material properties, its environmental impact in a life cycle perspective and possible applications. The assignment also includes experimental work and evaluation and analysis of the results. The project assignment is presented both orally and as a written report. Feedback is given from teachers regularly during the course, after the oral presentation and on the written report. Before the oral presentation, each group also receives/gives feedback from/to another group both written and orally.

The lab events include the topics micro and macro structure, sorption, dimensional stability and modification techniques and the students work in groups of 2-3 persons. During these events the students perform experiments and evaluate, analyse and discuss the results from these.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: To pass the course, the student needs to pass the oral exam, to pass the laboratory events, and pass the written and oral presentation of the project assignment.

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: 0121. Name: Oral Exam.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: The student need to pass the oral exam.
Code: 0221. Name: Project Assignment.
Credits: 2. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved project assignment
Code: 0321. Name: Laboratory Exercises.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved laboratory exercises


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: VBMF05 Building Material Science
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: TFRP10

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Maria Fredriksson,
Course homepage: http://