Course syllabus

Hållbart byggande
Sustainable Construction

VTVA05, 12 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2021/22
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED W
Date of Decision: 2021-04-19

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: L1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


Building construction: fundamental skills in building technology and building services, taking into consideration the energy effect, damp proofing and sound building structure.

Environmental science: fundamental scientific knowledge of important environmental problems. The students will also be given an orientation in how environmental problems are defined and dealt with in society.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


The course is divided into two sections:

The building construction section, which contains fundamental physical building technology and building services. Special importance is attached to energy-efficient measures, damp proofing, damage and indoor climate. The project task, which is integrated with the environmental section of the course, concerns the development of a land area where suitable house types and constructions are to be suggested, taking into account land quality, energy consumption, material choice, damp proofing and lifecycle analysis.

The environmental science section, which contains important environmental issues relating to the national environmental goals and their significance for different sectors of the community: agriculture and forestry, energy supply, transport system, waste handling. The community and business sectors’ environmental efforts are related to the requirements of ,environmental legislation. The project task is an infrastructure project with extensive land use changes. The analysis includes environmental consequences in both the construction phase and the operation phase.

The course consists of lectures, exercises and smaller projects. In the larger integrated project, which is presented written and orally at seminars, special attention will be given to the structure of the report, including source criticism. The project is carried out in groups of 3-4 students.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Approved written exam in both parts: environmental science and building construction. The exam of building technology consists of two parts: building physics/building technology and building services. Both parts of the exam must be approved at the same occasion. Approved project tasks that must be presented written and orally at a seminar, including oral opposition of another group's project. Participation in study trips. There may be mandatory lectures. The grading is based on the results of the exam.

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: 0114. Name: Environmental Science.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written exam. Contents: This examination refers to parts of the cource dealing with environmental science.
Code: 0214. Name: Building Construction.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written exam in both building physics/building technology and building services. Both parts of the exam must be approved at the same occasion. Contents: The exam consist of a written examination on the course literature.
Code: 0314. Name: Project.
Credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written project report and oral presentation of the project report.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VTT090, VTT091

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Per Svenningsson,
Course coordinator: Akram Abdul Hamid ,
Course coordinator: Astrid Byrman,