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AF1002 Buildings and Civil Engineering Structures 7.5 credits

The course aim is to give superficial knowledge of technical properties of existing structures and buildings all the way from foundation, framework, structural components, insulation, installations and to give a background for the development of buildings. Focus is to give a background for valuing possibilities, risks and problems with renovation, repair modernization of existing buldings and civil engineering structures.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 CSAMH2 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Civil Engineering and Urban Management, åk 2, Conditionally Elective


P4 (7.5 hp)


17 Mar 2025
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 CSAMH2 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 CSAMH2 programme students


John Leander, 08 790 6493


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF1002 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives an introduction to the modern construction and architectural history. From a technical perspective, the development until today's buildings and structures is reviewed.

Key concepts in structural analysis, building technology, service systems and energy systems are introduced as a basis to enable interpretations of technical documents within these fields.

Within structural analysis, frequently occurring structures and foundations for buildings and bridges are treated. Attention is put on loads, their origin and how they should be combined in the design calculations of the load carrying structure.

Within building technology, concepts and principles on the technical properties of the building envelope is treated such as temperature and vapour distribution, thermal bridges and the risk of moisture damages. Counteractions for problems in existing buildings are discussed.

The part about service and energy systems deals with important technical systems for heating and ventilation. An introduction to calculation of energy consumption and cost is also given related to rebuilding and extension.

Issues related to sustainability are treated in all technical disciplines. Some examples are choice of material, design optimization against cost and use of resources, serviceability criteria, availability, indoor climate and energy consumption.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and function of the parts of a building considering the load carrying structure, building technology, service systems, and energy systems.
  • Explain key concepts and principles within structural analysis, building technology, service and energy systems, and thereby understand and analyse simplified engineering problems.
  • Apply analysis methods to make preliminary estimations of the load effect to determine the structural capacity, the thermo-technical properties of the building envelope, and the energy needs of a building.
  • Perform a superficial inspection of an existing structure including drawings and technical documents to describe its design and technical properties.
  • Make suggestions on rebuilding and identify risks with a different use.
  • Prove an understanding of how technical issues influence the sustainability in construction considering natural resources, health and quality of life.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

AI1527 Introduction to the Planning and Building Process,

AL1302 Geoscience and Geotechnical Engineering

Minimum 3 ECTS from SG1117 Engineering Mechanics and minimum 2,5 ECTS from AI1802 Project Management and BIM in the Built Environment.

Recommended prerequisites

AL1301 Natural Resources Theory


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  • Bärande och Buret. Sundquist H, 2014. TRITA-BKN. Rapport 87. KTH.
  • Byggteknikens grunder, kompendium i grundläggande byggnadsteknik. Byggvetenskap/Avdelningen för hållbara byggnader. KTH. senaste versionen

For the project assignment, the following book is also recommended:

  • Så byggdes husen 1880-2020. Reppen L, Björk C, Kallstenius P, 2021. Svensk Byggtjänst.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The examinationin this course isdivided into three parts, a written exam, mandatory assignmentsand a project carried out ingroups of three to four students.
Assessment criteria are announced when the course starts.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1, 3 hp)

Project task (PRO1; 3hp)

Exercises (ÖVN1 1,5 hp)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Building Materials and Building Physics, Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Building Technology and Building Services Engineering besides Construction Project Management


John Leander, 08 790 6493