AF2403 Building Damages 7.5 credits


The course will give training in the treatment of building damages with the views of indication, mechanism and measures for solving the problems.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course will give basic and applied training about the different processes that cause damage to buildings and building components.  It also points out important methods for repair, restoration and for modifications to avoid future problems.

The lectures will especially highlight the following items:

What is really ment by building damages.

Sick-building investigations

Things to know and things to use, for investigation of damages on buildings

Damage from water, problems and measures to avoid them

Emissions in buildings and health

Damage on the exterior of buildings

Radon, the problem and how to avoid it.

Intended learning outcomes *

After the course the student will have good understanding about what is meant by building damages.

The student shall be able to illustrate different typical indications relating to building damages, explain the mechanisms behind them and also propose different measures for solving the problems.

In this context it is also included the ability to evaluate the risk for damage for different building constructions.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

For students not registered on a KTH programme:

150 university credits (hp) including courses in building materials and building physics equivalent to at least 2·times 7,5 ECTS points. and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B or equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS e g).

For students registered on a KTH programme:

AF1301 Byggmaterial grundkurs

AF1402 Byggfysik

Recommended prerequisites

SF1676 Differential Equations with Applications or equivalent course.

AF2401 Building Technology, Advanced Courseor equivalent course.


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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

Examination *

  • ARB1 - Project Task, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Project and exam (oral or written)

Other requirements for final grade *

Passed project task

Passed oral or written exam

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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Kjartan Gudmundsson

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 AF2403

Offered by

ABE/Sustainable Buildings

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Folke Björk,, 08-7908663