TBM4222 - Building Physics, Basic course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

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

Course content

The course provides basic principles to different aspects of building physics ranging from moisture, heat transfer, and heat balance to assess thermal and energy performance of buildings, the level of sound insulation for building and room acoustics, artificial and natural lighting to guarantee the level of illuminance distribution for indoor visual comfort.

Simple calculation methods will be used to analyze and design building assemblies and construction details, choice of materials for wind, air, and rain tightness to perform energy, thermal and visual requirements regulated by the Norwegian Building Code.

Learning outcome

The course aims at giving an understanding of basic physical and material relations, as well as requirements and influences, relevant to the 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 the design of the building elements and construction details.
  • Physical relations as a basis for analysis and calculation of heat transfer, thermal resistance and transmittance (U-value), wind, air, and rain tightness, and moisture transport in building assemblies, acoustics, and lighting in buildings.
  • Basic methods for calculations in building physics (dvs. heat and moisture transfer, acoustics, artificial lighting, and daylighting).


At the end of course, the candidates will 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 heat transfer and hygrothermal transport in assemblies.
  • Utilize tools for the calculation to preliminary assess visual and acoustic room comfort.
  • Design heat, moisture, sound insulation, artificial and natural lighting (dvs daylighting).

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 and professionals (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

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

Eight (8) out of thirteen (13) assignments must be approved as the requirement to attend the exam. Among the eight (8) approved assignments, a minimum of one (1) assignment must be a computer laboratory assignment using simulation analysis tools.

Written exam is the basis for the final grade. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

There will be a re-sit exam in May/June and in August, students eligible for the re-sit exam may choose one of the exams. If you sign up for the March exam you will not be able to sign up in August.

Course materials

"J.V. Thue: Bygningsfysikk - grunnlag. 2016" ISBN: 9788245019940,

"S. Geving: Praktisk bygningsfysikk. 2021" ISBN:9788245028010,

Teknisk forskrift med veiledning,

Div. Norsk Standard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TBA4160 7.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Building Technology
  • Construction Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-15 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL120 blå sone Sluppenvegen 14 6
SL324 Sluppenvegen 14 1
SL420 Sluppenvegen 14 2
SL415 Sluppenvegen 14 46
SL430 Sluppenvegen 14 27
SL325 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring UTS School exam 100/100 D 2024-06-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL410 Sluppenvegen 14 6
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D 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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