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4-Building Physics

Course Code :1109FTIBFY
Study domain:Construction
Academic year:2020-2021
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:56
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Stijn Verbeke
Charlotte Verhaeghe

3. Course contents *


Thermal phenomena, moisture and air transport in buildings will be treated.

Typical topics about the thermal behaviour are:  steady-state heat losses / gains and the appropriate insulation of the building and it's details,  the caracteristics of glazing and their impact on a building,  dynamic heat transfer and properties of thermal capacity of building components...

Typical topics about moisture are:  condensation, on the surface and internal, hygroscopicity and capillarity, transport of moisture ( as vapour and in liquid state)...

Typical topics about air transport:  ventilation of a building through natural forces (wind, stack-effect) in report with the air thightness of the building envelope and it's components and in report with considerations about indoor air quality and risks of health (indoor air pollution)


The student analyzes multiple aspects (insulation, moisture) of a simple single-family dwelling and develops physically relevant optimizations, if necessary.
1. calculation and evaluation of U-values of components and the overall level of insulation (K-level) according to the energy legislation in Flanders
2. To identify and assess the risk of internal condensation; based on the Glaser method:
      * Manual calculation
      * Wufi software for control,
3. determine and evaluate the heat transfer coefficient of construction joints using simplified methods and software simulations (Therm)