Course detail

Structural Engineering IV

FA-PS4Acad. year: 2019/2020

Study of building technologies and structures ( opaque and transparent parts of the enclosing
walling) which improve the energy balance of a work of architecture. Use of non-traditional and renewable sources of energy in buildings (e.g. solar radiation, wind, water, biomass, geothermal energy). The subject also covers fire protection of buildings. The aim is to impart to the students a comprehensive view on building and the knowledge needed for designing energy-saving structural systems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students gain the knowledge enabling them to orientate themselves in the field of energy saving buildings. They get the knowledge of the active and passive use of solar radiation, and get acquainted with the concepts for designing houses with low or passive energy consumption.


In the subject Building construction IV, it is supposed that the students have completed the study of the subjects Building construction I, II, and III. Even if the students have not yet passed the respective exams, this does not hinder them from enrolling for Building construction IV. For successful study, it is considered suitable that the student regularly monitors professional jounals and books on building and architecture. Orientation in foreign study materials is also welcomed.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

WERNER, J., CHYBÍK, J.: Pozemní stavitelství IV. Učební texty. Brno, VUTIUM, 1999. (CS)
CHYBÍK, J.: Pozemní stavitelství IV. Přednáškové texty. FA VUT v Brně, 2005. (CS)
ŠTIKAR, J.: Pozemní stavitelství IV. Přednáškové texty. FA VUT v Brně, 2005. (CS)
KOLEKTIV: Pasivní domy. Zkušenosti z Dolního Rakouska. Brno, VERONICA, 2004. (CS)
Aktuální texty a otevřené přednášky
DEPLAZES, A.: Architetur konstrurieren vom (DE)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The student has to attend at least 10 tutorials. It is his or her duty to work out all tutorial assignments under conditions defined before the beginning of the smester teaching.
At the same time, the student is subjected to a test, in which his or her understanding oft he subject matter, and the ability to apply the knowledge gained, are verified. After being granted the credit, the student is authorised to take the exmination. It contains assignment from the presented subject matter and recommended literature.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Energy-efficient buildings - theoretical basis, categories of energy-efficient houses.
2. Energy-efficient buildings - passive and active use of solar energy in architectural work.
3. Energy efficient buildings - material options, construction of cladding, physical nature, tightness, air exchange.
4. Energy-efficient buildings - relationship of technical equipment and building structures.
5. Renewable energy sources and their influence on design.
6. Protection against the effects of solar thermal load - shielding: shutters, blinds, shutters, sunlamps, cornices, reflective glass.
7. Double transparent climatic facade.
8. Underground architecture - energy aspects, relation to the environment. Ecological buildings of technical infrastructure.
9. Earthwork.
10. Structures protected by plumbing products.
11. Designing structures in buildings with wet and wet operation.
12. Fire protection of buildings I.
13. Fire protection of buildings II.


The objective is to gain a comprehensive view on the design of buildings, and knowledge applicable to designing structural systems suitable for energy saving design. Knowledge of principles and procedures of the design of houses with low or passive energy consumption.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Tutorials are monitored. The student's duty is to attend a prescribed number of tutorials. He or she can take the current test. Controlled are olso the submitted works whose technical quality of rendering and graphic level of outputs are monitored.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme ARCHURB Bachelor's

    branch ARCH , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer