Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


- assess thermal and moisture performances of buildings
- evaluate moisture safety of building enclosure
- identify building physics problems and provide relevant solutions
- know building design requirements regarding to heat, moisture, air and other serviceability issues

Credits: 5

Schedule: 16.04.2019 - 31.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Xiaoshu Lu-Tervola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Xiaoshu Lu-Tervola

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Overview of Heat and Moisture Transfer
    - Heat Moisture and Air Transfer in Building Enclosure and Whole Building
    - Moisture Management and Control
    - Energy and Moisture Simulation and Enclosure Design
    - Building Physics Performance Criteria
    - Codes and Standards

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment (scale 0-5) based on exam (80%), computer assignment (10%), and exercises (10%).

    Mandatory for admission to the final exam:

    - minimum 0% attendance to the lectures
    - minimum 50% of the exercises and 50% of the computer assignment
    - oral preliminary examination may be required for specific circumstances

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures: 24 h (2 x 2 h/week, 6 weeks)
    In-class exercises: 16 h (2 x 2 h/week, 4 weeks)
    Home exercises: 16 h
    Computer assignment: 10 h
    Seminar: 8 h
    Examination: 4 h
    Self-Study: 50 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    - Hugo Hens - Applied Building Physics: Boundary Conditions, Building Performance and Material Properties, Ernst & Sohn, 2010

    Or similar

    - Lecturing notes & supplementary material

    - Calculation exercises, examples, illustrations

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-43.3410 Building Physics Design I

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CIV-E1050 Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action