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Before choosing course

The course provides fundamental knowledge about the design of buildings and building components with emphasis on the selection and design of technical solutions.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AF1401 (Autumn 2007–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Functional requirements of buildings. Planning. The architectural design process. Building technology, foundations, outer walls, windows etc., structure and design. Software applications for calculations and simulation. The choice of materials. Effects on interior and exterior environment. The design process, quality control, use of databases and economical calculations.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course is completed the student should:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the architectural design process.
  • Be able to find technical solutions that fulfil the requirements concerning thermal insulation, moisture safety, durability etc that are integral to the architectural design and the structure.
  • Be able to make a selection of building materials based on functional and environmental requirements.
  • Be able to use economical databases to carry out economical calculations.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Building Materials and Building Physics besides Structural Engineering Basic Course.

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Handboken Bygg, husplanering. In Swedish.
  • Byggnadsteknkens grunder Inst. för Byggvetenskap, KTH, 2004. in Swedish.
  • Burström, PG.: Byggnadsmaterial, Studentlitteratur. In Swedish.
  • Burström, PG.: Byggnadsmaterial. Övningsbok, Studentlitteratur. In Swedish.
  • Sektionsfakta, en elektronisk databas för kostnadskalkyler. 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.

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

Acoustics and Fire, Building Materials Advanced Course besides Building Technology Advanced Course.