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AF1004 Building Materials and Building Physics 7.5 credits

The course provides fundamental knowledge of building physics with emphasis on the transfer of heat and moisture in building components and the properties of the building materials.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AF1004 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Building materials, moisture and thermal properties, Heat transfer, conduction, radiation, convection. Calculation of heat transfer, moisture transport and assessment of effect on materials and structures. Applications on thermal insulation, density, moisture resistance and safety and effect on interior and exterior environment.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course is completed the student should be able to solve the problems of building physics that are to be encountered during the design phase and during the construction of buildings.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Buildings and Civil Engineering Structures, Material and Water Chemistry besides Fluid Mechanics for the Built Environment

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Jóhannesson, G.: Lectures on Building Physics. Calculated examples.
  • Övningsuppgifter Inst. för Byggvetenskap, KTH, 2004. In Swedish.
  • Burström P.G., Byggnadsmaterial, Studentlitteratur, Lund. In Swedish.

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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3.0 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.

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 web

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Offered by

ABE/Civil and Architectural Engineering

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Building Technology and Design, Building Services Engineering Basic Course besides Building Material Advanced Course.


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