Course detail

Physics of Building Materials

FAST-0J4Acad. year: 2019/2020

The subject contents is divided into three parts. The part of physical properties of materials, of building mechanics and of the moisture propagation. Further to getting knowledge for students the theory of this subject is extended to general information of physics, knowledge of building materials using some mathematical procedures. In the subject PBM especially the theory of heat transfer, of vapour diffusion and of humidity propagation and the air penetration through the structure of building materials is discussed with respect to the specific properties of this materials. Included is the non-homogenous arrangement in building fragments under steady and dynamic influence of the surroundings. By general principles of heat and moisture transfer the standard evaluation criteria of building structures are explained. The main principles of building structures and buildings proposals are included as well. The program of the subject contains chapters concerning experimental possibilities of the determination of material properties of building materials, the documentation of standard and binding properties for the proposal. The exercise has partly a laboratory and partly a calculation character.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


Knowledge of physics, mathematics, building materials Improved knowledge of applied physica


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Recommended optional programme components

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Recommended or required reading

Berber, J.: Bauphysik - Lehrbuch. B.F. Voigt 1979
Crank, J.: The Mathematics of Diffusion. Oxford University Press 1975
Halahyja, M.: Stavebná tepelná technika, akustika a osvetlenie. Alfa 1985

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

1.Laws of heat transfer in building materials.
2.Heat-technical properties of building materials.
3.The condition of the material, heat-insulating properties of building materials.
4.Air, air layers.
5.Stationary and non-stationary heat transmission.
6.Thermal bridges, hygienic criterion of their effect.
7.Moisture sources in building structures.
8.Humid air, air vapour diffusion.
9.Moisture properties of materials.
10.Annual moisture balance.
11.Evaluation criteria of building structures. Standard conditions.
12.Air permeability, infiltration.
13.Thermal stability, energetic demands of building structures.Experimental heat-technical methods.


Theory of physical and utility properties of building materials in the state of placing into building structures, interaction of used building materials with surrounding materials. Physical effects of building structures oriented on heat technical problems of buildings, moisture propagation in buildings, formation of internal microclimate, effect on environment, utilization of alternative heat sources, heat demand of building.

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

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer