TEP4315 - Indoor Environment


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

Safety and health. Indoor air quality and thermal comfort. EU and Norwegian standards/regulations for indoor air quality and thermal comfort in working environment. Dry air and humid air. Moisture problems. Design specifications for indoor thermal environment. Design specifications for indoor atmospheric environment. Acoustic environment and actinic environment. Ventilation strategies for indoor spaces. Airflow distribution in buildings and industrial applications. Smoke control and fire/explosion hazards and regulations.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE: This course will enable students get to know and understand: - Background and basis of air conditioning for buildings - EU and Norwegian standards/regulations for working environments - Requirements and specifications for indoor environment - Indoor environment and health - Indoor environment and thermal comfort - Change of state of humid air - Different ventilation and air conditioning solutions for buildings - Natural and mechanical ventilation. SKILLS: At the end of the semester, students should be able - to carry out field investigation/evaluation of indoor environment by measuring some basic indoor environmental parameters, including operative temperature, air velocity, turbulence intensity and pollutant concentration - to analyze/evaluate the indoor environment regarding requirements of safety, health and thermal comfort - work independently and in interdisciplinary groups GENERAL COMPETENCE: At the end of the semester, students should be able - to evaluate different heating, ventilation solutions for a sufficient indoor environment in terms of thermal, atmospheric, acoustic conditions. - to suggest improved solutions to achieve a desired indoor environment regarding thermal comfort and air quality.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures with problem based learning procedures. In class quiz discussion. Experimental measurement of indoor environmental parameters in lab exercises. Learn to use different measurement instruments. Technical tours to study HVAC installations in buildings in Trondheim area. Mandatory calculation/exercises/semester project/lab exercises. The lectures and exercises are in English. The Examination will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercise
  • Lab exercise
  • Project assignment

Further on evaluation

The final written exam is the basis for the grade (A-F) in the course. Requirements to take the final written exam are approved semester project and approved compulsory exercises (5/7). Approved exercises may only be transferred from the previous year. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. For re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Required previous knowledge

Basic mathematical and nature science knowledge from 1st and 2nd year, or other equal previous knowledge.

Course materials

Given at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Facility Management
  • Working Environment and Safety in Heavy Industry
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Energy and Indoor Environment
  • Health, Environment and Safety
  • Building Science
  • Building Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

More on examinations at NTNU