TBA4160 - Building Physics, Basic Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Skriftlig 100/100 4 timer

Course content

Primary functions of buildings, code and user requirements. Basics regarding heat, moisture and acoustics, design of thermal, moisture and sound insulation. Light and lighting. Wind, air and rain tightness. Choice of materials. Basic principles and calculations 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 and lighting conditions in buildings
- Basic methods for calculations in building physics
- Principles for design of durable and well-performing building assemblies and buildings.

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
- Utilize the Building Research Knowledge System as a working tool
- Design heat, moisture and sound insulation
- Draft design and material use in building parts and their joints.

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. 60% 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.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Specific conditions

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

Course materials

J.V. Thue: Husbyggingsteknikk, bygningsfysisk grunnlag. Byggforsk kunnskapssystemer. 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 2013

Language of instruction: -


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

Department with academic responsibility


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Skriftlig 100/100 2013-12-02 15:00
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer KONT Skriftlig 100/100 2014-08-09 09:00
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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