Course detail

Low Energy Houses

FAST-NHB044Acad. year: 2020/2021

Designing of low-energy houses with the use of passive solar systems. An introduction to the utilization of active solar systems and renewable energy sources. Students will be given a general layout of a family or residential house to adjust and design a low-energy or a passive house. The balance of energy losses and gains will be calculated for the heating period as well as energy savings, heating expenses and rough calculation of the economic indexes.


Institute of Building Structures (PST)

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will design and evaluate the building, which fulfil criteria for low-energy or passive house. Including evaluation of critical details.


Basic knowledge of the thermal protection of buildings, knowledge of the basic physical quantities and thermal properties of building materials.


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

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Principles of low-energy buildings.
2. Design fundamentals of a low-energy house and its thermal balance.
3. Thermal insulation design of a building (wall, roof, floor, windows).
4. Ventilation, heating and air-tightness of a building.
5. Thermal joints of constructions (foundations, floor, corner, jamb and cap).
6. Computer programmes and simulations of the annual heat and cold consumption.
7. Void infill elements for low-energy houses.
8. Economic and utility assessment of low-energy buildings.
9. An excursion to a low-energy house.
10. Energy legislation.


To master correct designing and evaluation of a building as a low-energy, passive or the zero-energy house.

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 NPA-SIS Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory
  • Programme NPC-SIS Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme NKC-SIS Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer