VB6102 - Building Materials


Course content

For the relevant materials: -Raw materials, construction and production -Mechanical and thermal properties -Environmental considerations for the materials

Learning outcome

The course provides basic knowledge of the properties of essential materials, especially steel, aluminum, concrete, wood, heat insulation materialas and composites. After completion the student should be able to: Knowledge: - The candidate will learn the basic theory about important building materials. This includes materials' composition, preparation, structure, properties, function and applications. - Explain thermal characteristics, strength and fire resistance. - Explain degradation and lifetime for different materials, and how these are affected by external influences such as climate (humidity, temperature) and chemicals. - Justify the choice of materials for various purposes. - Be familiar with different secondary building materials such as sheet materials, sealant materials and their material properties within buildings. Skills: - Show the relationship between the choice of materials, physical material properties and environmental concerns. - Identify tensions in materials as a result of applied loads - Perform laboratory exercises for some building materials General competence: - The candidate has insight into the environmental impacts of products and solutions within buildings.

Learning methods and activities

This course is for students at campus in Gjøvik and also for web based students. Some of the lectures will be streamed and the recorded videos will be available through a link in the learning platform. Instructions will be done through exercise sessions, by email or by using forum. Compulsory assignments: 8-10 exercises including lab assignments. Estimated time used for 7.5 ECTS courses: Lectures: 40 hours Organised supervision: 10 hours Work on compulsory assignments: 60 hours Self studies: 90 Hours Total: 200 hours Compulsory assignments: 8-10 exercises including lab assignments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved exercise

Further on evaluation

Re-sit of written exam in August. If 10 or fewer students register for re-sit exam, the assessment form can be changed to the oral exam.

Specific conditions

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

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Continuing Education, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (EVUIVE0)
Continuing Education, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (TKIVTEVU)

Course materials

Announced at the start of the semester

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Further education, lower degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Building Materials
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Department with administrative responsibility
Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development


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