Course detail

Thermal Protection of Buildings (S)

FAST-BH059Acad. year: 2020/2021

Proper design of thermal technical properties of building structures, rooms and buildings ensures the prevention of thermal defects and failures, ensuring the desired state of the internal environment and low energy performance of buildings. In addition to thermal and moisture microclimate can be optimized design of the structure and the doors and windows also provide the required acoustic microclimate. The optimal design size and type of window pane can affect the thermal, acoustic and visual comfort in the interior and the overall energy balance of the building.


Institute of Building Structures (PST)

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Fundamentals in the thermal protection and energy balance of buildings. Design of thermally insulated building constructions without thermal bridges and condensation problems. Evaluation of thermal comfort in low energy buildings. Introduction to acoustic and visual comfort in buildings.


Basic knowledge of mathematics, knowledge of the fundamental physical constants and thermal properties of building materials, physical characteristics of sound, the sound field theory, basic photometry.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Fundamentals in heat transfer. Thermal comfort in buildings.
2. Steady state thermal conditions, U-value determination.
3. Temperature profile for steady state conditions.
4. Risk of a surface condensation and mould grows, critical surface temperature, dew point temperature.
5. Thermal bridges.
6.-7. Assessment and determination of condensation regions into building constructions. Annual balance of condensed and evaporated amounts in building constructions.8. Non-steady state thermal conditions.
9. Temperature drop on floor finishing, floor category.
10. Thermal stability of rooms in winter and summer seasons.
11. Energy legislation.
12. Evaluation of energy efficiency of buildings.
13. Visual and acoustic comfort in buildings.


Introduction course to the thermal protection of buildings, design requirements for thermally insulated buildings envelopes and constructions, assessment of indoor thermal and visual and acoustic comfort.

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.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-P-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch VS , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme B-K-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch VS , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme B-P-E-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch VS , 2. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer