Course detail

Modern building envelope

FAST-NHA062Acad. year: 2020/2021

The aim of lectures are systems of flat, pitched and steep roofs. The course also provides an understanding of special systems of thermal insulations based on thermal radiation reflectivity and modern and unusual types of assembled roofing including solar roofing. The next part of the course will be aimed at modern waterproofing layers and thermal insulations and their connection to various types of roofs. The great attention is paid to construction details.


Institute of Building Structures (PST)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Not applicable.


Thermal-moisture processes in building envelopes, basic classification of roofs according to a pitch, shape, structure, serviceability, requirements etc. Outer and inner boundary conditions for roof designs above heated and unheated spaces. Drawing of roofs according to the valid standards.


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. Compositions of double and tripleroofs, safety waterproofing materials (micro-perforated, micro-porous and monolithic).
2. Thermal insulations of pitched roofs including materials based on thermal radiation reflectivity.
3. Roofing of sheet metal (smooth, sinuous, simulative roofing tiles), plastic, bitumen, stone, wood (boards, shingles), thatch, solar and exotic.
4. Pitched roof designing in mountain regions (securing of pitches roofs against snow slide and upward wind lift). Green pitched roofs.
5. Waterproof layers of flat roofs by bituminous felts (bitumen, bearing infill, surface finish) and their use.
6. Waterproof layers of flat roofs by plastic foils (thermoplastic, elastomer, thermoplastic-elastomer) their use and laying technology. Solar foils. Spread waterproof layer.
7. Ways of flat roof stabilization against the upward wind lift (sticking, stabilization layers, mechanical anchoring).
8. Roof terraces and traffic roofs (parking lots, heliports). Design principles, details.
9. Green roofs. Types of vegetation, design principles, details.
10. Reconstructions of flat roofs.


Not applicable.

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 NPC-EVB Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer