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2012/2013 Civil Engineering and Geosciences Bachelor Civil Engineering
Building Physics and Building Technology
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. H.R. Schipper    H.R.Schipper@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x wk 3.1 t/m 3.5 + ontwerppracticum + 2 uur computertoets in week 9
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Required for
Required for AR2AE035 (Building Design & Engineering), Ct4225 (Advanced & Applied Physics Building), Ct5201 (Building Component and Material Specification), AR2B020 (Facade Design) and Ct4215 (Facade Design Plus).
Expected prior knowledge
The course is next in line following the bachelor-course ct2072 (Building Design), and uses the building design that has been created by students in that course as a basis for further calculation and facade design exercises.

The course also uses skills that are gained in the Spatial Design and Structural Design Projects in the bachelor Civil Engineering.

For HBO students or foreign students that want to follow the MSc Building Engineering it is individually determined which parts of the course are useful or necessary.
Course Contents
This course gives students insight into the key aspects involved in the design of a fašade construction. Also, the theory of building physics' major themes are expanded and deepened over the course Ct2072 (moisture transport, daylight). The student is able to judge details, constructions and building physical quality by seeing, assessing and/or own design. The course also provides the necessary knowledge of some additional topics in preparation for the BSc thesis. The student makes the experience that an architectural design, function, performance and the prevention of damage have much impact on the design. The student learns to assess and use common solutions.
Study Goals
Part building physics:
1. basic concept of heat and moisture transport through structures
2. U-value and mu-d-value calculations
3. energy efficiency of buildings
4. basic concept of thermal quality and thermal bridges
5. temperature factor calculations
6. basic concept of ventilation requirements
7. ventilation calculations
8. basic concepts of sound insulation and absorption
9. reverberation time and internal acoustics calculations
10. basic concepts: daylight and sunlight
11. daylighting calculations
12. Technical introduction HVAC systems

Part building technology:
1. knowledge of available supporting materials
2. knowledge of dilatations and joints
3. knowledge of insulation
4. choice of suitable materials
5. knowledge of production of various wall constructions
6. indicate functions of materials in a wall: air tightness, water tightness, thermal insulation
7. knowledge of window frame structures in various materials and their connections
8. ability to apply theoretical knowledge in a design
9. knowledge of curtain walls
10. to apply knowledge of curtain walls in a design

30 hours lecture
50 hours exercises building physics / engineering
25 hours tutorial
4 hours blackboard button
Education Method
Lectures plus practice exercises.
The design exercises are mainly carried out using the building design created during the previous BSc-course Ct2072 (Building Design). The Building Technology excercise starts with a separate detailling task, and after that some details for the building design of ct2072 are worked out by the students.
In building physics, several building physical aspects are calculated:
1 Thermal/hygric calculation of a wall structure
2 Cold Calculation Bridge (Therm)
3 Heating in summer / thermal comfort (TIZ / ORCA)
4 Sunlight / shading (SketchUp)
5 Daylight (Dialux)
6 Energy (NPR2917)
7 room acoustics and sound insulation
Course Relations
The course prepares for the MSc track Building Engineering, and is an important pillar for it. Several MSc courses build upon the foundation laid in this course. If at your home university you did not follow course building physics or design courses, then (parts of) ct3221 are recommended strongly before starting the Msc in Delft.
Literature and Study Materials
- Reader ct2072 Ontwerpen van Gebouwen (in Dutch)
- Lecture slides via Blackboard
- Productdocumentation of manufacturers (available in our library)
- chapters from Bouwfysica, Thieme Meulenhoff (150 pages, English version available in PDF)
- Capita Selecta from Blackboard (20 pages)

Recommended for whole MSc Building Engineering:
- Facades: Principles of Construction (Paperback) by Ulrich Knaack e.a. 131 pages, circa EUR 31,-- (price 2008)
- SBR-reference details Woningbouw, Student edition 2007, circa EUR 41,-- (price 2008)
(available at Waltman's Bouwshop Faculty of Architecture)
Building Technology: drawing and design assignments
Building Physics: Building physics calculations
These exercises include an oral presentation in front of the students and teacher, which also affects the grade.

Computer Test:
To test understanding and knowledge of some aspects a Blackboard test is included in a computer room in 3.9 week of the semester. This test consists half of building technology questions, half of building physics questions.

The exercises and blackboard test make up the grade in the following amounts:
1/3 Building Technology design
1/3 Building Physics calculations
1/3 computer test (50/50% Building Physics/Technology)