AAR4335 - Fundamentals of Building Physics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

The course gives an introduction to different topics in building physics such as indoor and outdoor climate, heat transfer including introduction to energy use in buildings, moisture transfer, acoustics and lighting. Theory and simple calculation methods will be introduced and used to evaluate buildings and building constructions against the Norwegian Building Code and other requirements to support the design of sustainable buildings.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate will acquire knowledge of: - Basic building physical laws which provides the foundation for correct building construction design. - How to find and evaluate materials and components for use in buildings based on their building physical properties. - The properties of common building materials. Skills: The candidate will acquire skills to: - Evaluate the outdoor climate and effect on a building site. - Evaluate the indoor thermal climate and user comfort. - Carry out basic heat transfer calculations in order to find the thermal resistance and transmittance (U-value). - Perform simple building energy simulations. - Perform basic moisture calculations in order to evaluate the moisture properties of building materials and assemblies. - Select building materials and constructions with the right acoustic properties. General competence: At the end of the course the candidate will have competence: - To select proper constructions and materials from technical requirements. - To apply building physics to design sustainable buildings.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group works, assignments, exercises.

Further on evaluation

Postponed exams are normally given in the next ordinary exam period. Postponed written exams (re-sit exams) may be replaced by oral exams.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Architecture (MAAR)

Required previous knowledge

Matriculated student in the Architecture program at the Faculty of Architecture and Design

Course materials

J.V. Thue. Bygningsfysikk - Grunnlag. 2016, Fagbokforlaget ISBN: 9788245019940

S. V. Szokolay. Introduction to Architectural Science: The Basis of Sustainable Design. 2014, Taylor & Francis (Routledge) ISBN: 9780415824989 Various Norwegian Standards.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Energy- and Environmental Physics
  • Architectural Design, History and Technology
  • Building and construction technology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Architecture and Technology


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 C 2024-06-06 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 Sluppenvegen 14 106
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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