Course syllabus

Structural Engineering - Building Systems
Konstruktionsteknik - byggsystem

VBKF01, 7.5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2024-04-17
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Main field: Technology Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: First cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Elective mandatory for: V3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course will give the student insight and understanding of the building as a system and how various performance requirements interact with each other when selecting technical solutions for buildings.

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 course consists of:

Building systems based on the load bearing system but with an overall view of the building as a system including all relevant aspects for optimum design. Both light-weight and heavy structural systems based on different structural materials are included. An important aspect is horisontal stabilization of the building, which often governs the overall design. The properties of the building system in relation to other performance requirements, such as fire safety, sound performance, energy efficiency, building services, etc. is included in the course, from the point of view that optimal solutions must be based on a holistic perspective.

Structural detailing connected to various types of building systems. Detailing solutions are usually important features in an optimal building system.

Design of structural systems with respect to fire, accidental actions and robustness.

Project assignment

A design project in the form of a multi-storey office building, where the students shall work with the building as a whole and important detailing solutions. The motives for choice between alternative building systems shall be given. The interaction between the structural system and the requirements for the building envelope, installations of services, fire safety, sound performance and construction methods shall be treated in the design project. A site visit connected to the project will be arranged. The design project is carried out in groups of maximum 3 students.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U, G) - (Fail, Pass)

Project assignment and oral examination.

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: 0124. Name: Project Assignment.
Credits: 3.0. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: The results of the project assignment are presented in the form of a report. The requirements for the report are such that not only the calculations are assessed, but also the quality of the analyses and presentation; That is, the report should be of a descriptive nature and not just contain the calculation process and results.
Code: 0224. Name: Oral Examination.
Credits: 4.5. Grading scale: UG - (U, G). Assessment: Oral Examination


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: VBFA01 Building Technology
The number of participants is limited to: No
Kursen överlappar följande kurser: VBK055

Reading list


Course coordinator: Miklós Molnár,
Course homepage: Canvas

Further information

Course homepage at Canvas.