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The course contains e.g.

Identifying different building materials, building technique with different frame works, maintenance demands, painting materials, applications of building services engineering, indoor climate, reliability of service, fire protection and architectural acoustics

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AF1033 (Autumn 2010–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Degradation processes and durability of building materials.
  • The environmental influence of building materials. Environmental inventory of buildings.
  • Building technique in houses with frame work in wood, brick, concrete and steel. Aspects of maintenance and reconstruction.
  • Maintenance of roofs, façades, windows and internal surfaces including cleaning.
  • Painting material and painting treatment.
  • Heat demand and energy cost.
  • Heating systems.
  • Ventilation processes.
  • Ventilation systems.
  • Moist air and conditioning of rooms.
  • Air treatment.
  • Electrical installations.
  • Sanitary technology.
  • Operation and maintenance of installation systems.
  • Architectonic fire prevention.
  • Architectural acoustics.

Intended learning outcomes

After having passed the course the student should be able to:

  • Identify common building materials in houses from different periods and have knowledge of their most important properties especially the degradation processes and durability.
  • Know the most important materials in Swedish buildings that can be hazardous to people and the environment.
  • Describe the building technique in houses with frame work in wood, brick, concrete and steel and discuss aspects of maintenance and reconstruction.
  • Explain the causes of maintenance need of roofs, façades, windows and internal surfaces as well as be able to judge proper methods for maintenance of these surfaces.
  • Describe different types of painting material and the application of painting treatment for different cases.
  • Know the basics and specific applications regarding installations especially heating, ventilation, sanitation and electricity.
  • Know how the indoor climate is regulated, different kinds of control and monitoring systems and operation and maintenance of installation systems.
  • Know how to reach a good reliability of service and an economic operation of buildings and how to handle and use statistics as a base for maintenance need including need for energy saving measures
  • Know about operation and maintenance instructions and maintenance plans and how they are made.
  • Know the most important principles for architectonic fire prevention.
  • Know the basics of architectural acoustics.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic eligibility and passed Buildings and Civil Engineering Structures (AF1002) or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Så byggdes husen 1880 - 2000. Arkitektur, material och konstruktion i våra flerbostadshus under 120 år. Formas, Stockholm 2003. In Swedish

Kompendier i installationsteknik. Avd för installationsteknik. In Swedish

Kompendium ”Underhåll av ytskikt” (Folke Björk) 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 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.

Written examination 4,5 cr

Approved exercises 3 cr

Other requirements for final grade

Passed examination and approved exercises

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

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AF1033

Offered by

ABE/Civil and Architectural Engineering

Main field of study

Built Environment, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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