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.


  1. understand the concepts and physical principles of heat and mass transfer
  2. understand the three heat transfer modes: conduction, convection, and radiation
  3. apply numerical methods to heat transfer
  4. analyze heat and moisture processes in buildings
  5. draw conclusions concerning physics performances based on analysis of heat and moisture transfer in buildings
  6. identify measures for increasing energy efficiency and control of humidity in buildings

Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.09.2021 - 29.10.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Heat transfer and modes (conduction, convection, radiation)
    • Mass transfer and modes (moisture transfer (vapour diffusion & advection), liquid capillary transfer, air diffusion)
    • Hygrothermal properties of building materials (hygrothermal load, condensation, moisture-induced degradation processes, insulation, air barriers, vapour barriers)
    • Thermal performances of whole buildings (transmission, ventilation heat loss, solar gains, heating and cooling load)
    • Applications (moisture durability assessment, numerical techniques for heat conduction, modeling techniques in energy efficient building design)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment (scale 0-5) based on exam (85%), and exercises (15%).

    Mandatory for admission to the final exam:

    • minimum 40% attendance to the lectures
    • minimum 70% of the exercises or minimum 6/10 average of the exercises
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    • valid for whole curriculum period:

      Lectures: 24 h (2 x 2 h/week, 6 weeks)
      In-class exercises: 20 h (2 x 2 h/week, 5 weeks)
      Home exercises: 20 h
      Computer assignment: 6 h
      Seminar: 4 h
      Examination: 4 h
      Self-Study: 50 h


    Study Material
    • valid for whole curriculum period:


      • Yunus A. Cengel, Heat Transfer - A Practical Approach. Mc Graw-Hill, 2003
      • F.P. Incropera, D.P. DeWitt. Fundamentals of heat and mass transfer. Wiley, 2011
      • Or similar

      Lecturing notes & supplementary material

      • calculation exercises, examples, illustrations

    Substitutes for Courses
    SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

      3 Good Health and Well-being

      11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

      13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I

    2021-2022 Autumn I

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.