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Building technology 7.5 credits

Second cycle, W7007B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Timber Structures
Subject group (SCB)
Building Technology

Entry requirements

In order to go through with the course the students are required to have: - knowledge in the Science of Building Materials corresponding to the course K0002B - knowledge in Building Physics corresponding to the course W0008B - knowledge in Structural Engineering corresponding to the course B0002B

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The goal is for you to develop an understanding of current practice for building technical solutions and for older building techniques.

Knowledge and understanding
After completing the course, you should be able to:
- describe the development of house building technology over the last 100 years
- choose and explain common construction technical solutions for house construction in steel, wood, and concrete
- explain the function of the load-bearing system and its interaction with other building technology solutions

Competence and skills
After completing the course, you should be able to:
- analyze and critically evaluate a technical solution in a residential building based on the functional requirements placed on it
- assess the interaction between functional requirements
- handle, plan and identify sub-problems in an investigation assignment on compliance with requirements of the current building standard for a residential building
- estimate and analyze a residential building's energy and power needs
- propose measures for increasing energy efficiency for a residential building and justify these based on different requirements with regard to economic, social and ecological aspects
- based on simplified dimensioning, design or evaluate the ventilation system in a residential building
- interpret and present drawing materials, technical solutions and calculations for a building 

The course is a continuation in the field of building physics where the energy balance for a villa is established. Calculation of transmission, ventilation and air leakage losses, estimation of other losses and contributions and determination of time constant for energy balance are included. Energy efficiency is included as a component where calculations are used to justify which measures are most feasible. The course also includes an introduction to installation technology in multi-family buildings regarding electricity, heating, water, drainage, sewage and ventilation. Important components in these systems are explained. Calculations on ventilation systems are reviewed. The lectures deal with the history of building construction technology, building maintenance for energy efficiency, energy and power demand calculations, construction technology for wood, steel and concrete, foundation technology, ventilation systems, fire protection design and moisture safety design.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course combines theory and practice. In the course, project assignments are carried out in small groups. One project assignment deals with the energy balance in a villa and another project assignment concerns building technical solutions for a multi-storey building. Inventory of existing buildings is used as a framework for the projects. The building technology used is explained based on current functional requirements of the building code. Study visits to multi-storey buildings take place within the city of Luleå. The individual knowledge building is supported by lectures where teachers lecture on building technology.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Two examination parts are included in the course; project assignment and individual written examination. To pass the course, the student needs to actively contribute to implementation and presentation of the project assignments, and to pass the individual examination

Lars Stehn

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 3
Tillämpad byggnadsfysik, Bengt-Åke Petersson, Studentlitteratur
Projektering av VVS-installationer, Catarina Warfvinge, Mats Dahlblom, Studentlitteratur
Bygga Hus: Illustrerad bygglära, Bengt Strandberg, Fredrik Lavén, Studentlitteratur

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Project taskU G#6.00MandatoryA13
0004Written examU G#1.50MandatoryA13

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 01 Mar 2010

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021