Energy-Efficient Buildings

7.5 Credits
Second Cycle Level 1
School of Information and Engineering
Subject field
Construction (BYA)
Group of Subjects
Building Technology
Disciplinary Domain
Technology, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Civil Planning and Construction1
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 27 April 2017.
This syllabus is valid from 18 July 2017.

Learning Outcomes

In order to design energy-efficient buildings with high levels of comfort and durability, sound knowledge of the detailed principles and an overall understanding of building physics are required. The overall aim of this course is to teach students the fundamental principles and design practices in terms of physical processes and information management in construction.

Upon completion of the course, students shall be able to:

  • develop models and solve problems for steady and transient heat and moisture transfer in buildings
  • evaluate theoretical models and calculation results of heat and moisture transfer in buildings
  • assess the thermal performance of glazing, shading and innovative building materials
  • develop creative and innovative envelope solutions for energy-efficient buildings

Course Content

The course covers four topics. The first topic is fundamental heat transfer in buildings and in building components, thermal bridges, as well as heat transfer in steady and non-steady conditions. The second topic covers fundamental moisture transport in buildings and in building components, air tightness and moisture control. The third topic discusses solar glazing/shading, addressing the properties of glazing and other transparent multi-layer systems, and the use of shading structures and devices. Innovative building materials/envelopes is the last topic.


Written examination 7.5 credits

Forms of Study

Lectures, tutorials, seminars.


The Swedish grades U, 3, 4, 5


  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering (mechanical, electrical, energy, engineering physics) of at least 180 credits and English 6

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