TBA4160 - Building Physics, Basic Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Basic heat, moisture and acoustics. Principals for design of thermal, moisture and sound insulation. Wind, air and rain tightness. Choice of materials. Basic principles and calculation methods are used in analysis and design of building assemblies and details.

Learning outcome

The course aims at giving an understanding of basic physical and material relations, as well as requirements and influences, relevant to design of building elements and whole buildings.


The candidate should have knowledge of:

  • The basic functions of a building apart from load-bearing
  • Relevant requirements for a building from user and regulations perspective
  • Relevant influences on buildings as a basis for design of the building parts
  • Physical relations as a basis for analysis and calculation of heat, air and moisture transport in building assemblies and acoustical in buildings
  • Basic methods for calculations in building physics


The candidate is be able to:

  • Assess relevant requirements and influences from a building physics perspective
  • Perform basic analyses and calculations of building physical aspects
  • Calculate power and energy requirements for a building
  • Utilize tools for calculation of hygrothermal transport in assemblies
  • Design heat, moisture and sound insulation

General competence

The candidate has:

  • An understanding of the background for building requirements related to users, society and the environment
  • An understanding of requirements, influences and physical and material relations as a basis for designing assemblies and buildings that fulfill requirements regarding reliability, performance and sustainability
  • A good background for communicating with other disciplines (architect, structural engineer, HVAC engineer, electrical engineer, fire safety engineer etc.) involved in design, construction and operation of buildings.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, calculation excercises, use of simulation programs.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

65% of the excercises have to be accepted. Written exam is the basis for the final passed grade. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

"J.V. Thue: Bygningsfysikk - grunnlag",

Teknisk forskrift med veiledning,

Div. Norsk Standard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIB3035 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Building Technology
  • Construction Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C 2021-12-14 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL311 grønn sone Sluppenvegen 14 50
SL311 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 59
SL515 Sluppenvegen 14 7
SL322 Sluppenvegen 14 1
  • * 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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