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Before choosing course

The purpose of the course is to further improve the basic knowledge about building materials and the design and function of buildings and building services engineering given in 1L1026 "Buildings and Civil Engineering Structures.”

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AF1031 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Building materials from different periods
  • Diffusion. Vapour permeability. Moisture resistance. Moisture distribution in a multilayered construction under stationary conditions. Saturated vapour content. Condensation
  • Capillarity. Capillary hight. Permeability. Capillary resistance
  • Convection. Pressure gradient. Air leakage through gaps and porous materials. Amount of condensed moistur.
  • Heat demand and energy costs
  • Heating systems
  • Ventilation
  • Humid air and Climatisation
  • Air treatment
  • Tapwater
  • Waste- and rainwater
  • Electrical installations

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should know:

  • fundamental building mechanical and building physical terms in the fields deformation, heat and humidity,
  • the main processes for moisture transport in building materials and through the envelope of the building and how they may result in unfavourable moisture content leading to damage,
  • the basics and specific applications concerning installations for building services, especially heating, ventilation, sanitary and electricity,
  • building materials from different periods and basic characteristics of the materials,
  • the basics of building acoustics,
  • the basics of building fire protection,
  • how building technology and building services installations together can realize a healthy and energy efficient house.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Buildings and Civil Engineering Structures

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Burström, PG.: Byggnadsmaterial, Studentlitteratur. In Swedish
  • Byggnadsteknikens grunder. Kompendium i byggnadsteknik. Inst för byggnadsteknik. 1994. In Swedish
  • Så byggdes husen 1880 - 2000. Arkitektur, material och konstruktion i våra flerbostadshus under 120 år. Formas, Stockholm 2003. In Swedish
  • Kompendier i installationsteknik (VVS och el), Avd för installationsteknik. In Swedish

Additional literature will be announced at the beginning of the course.

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 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Examination (TEN1; 4,5 cr)
Exercises (ÖVN1; 3 cr)

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/Sustainable Buildings

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Operations, Maintenance and Modernisation Techniques