Course detail

Fundamentals of Indoor Environmental Engineering

FSI-IZRAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is concerned with the following topics: Microclimate and its evaluation. Environmental comfort. Thermal comfort. Indoor air quality. Ventilating systems. Total and local ventilation, local exhausting. Air motion in ventilated spaces. Air-conditioning equipment and its components. Air-conditioning systems. Heat losses of buildings. Heating systems and equipment. Noise and vibrations, effect on human health, technical means to reduction of noise.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will gain essential knowledge of ventilation, air-conditioning and heating systems, evaluation of indoor air quality and the means of noise reduction.


Basic knowledge of physics, mathematics and thermomechanics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

NOVÝ, Richard a kol. Technika prostředí. České vysoké učení technické v Praze. [2006]. ISBN 80-01-03492-5
McQUISTON, Faye C., Jerald D. PARKER and Jeffrey D. SPITLER. Heating Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, John Wiley and Sons, [2005]. ISBN 0-471-66154-6
ASHRAE handbook: Fundamentals (SI Edition). American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc., [2013]. ISBN 978-1-936504-46-6
JANOTKOVÁ, Eva. Technika prostředí - 1. a 2. část. FSI VUT v Brně, [2014]. Elektronická verze v pdf dostupná v e-learningu. (CS)
ASHRAE Handbook - Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems and Equipment (SI Edition). American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc., [2012]. ISBN 9781936504268

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Graded course-unit credit requirements: passing two tests in 7th and 13th week of the term.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The course objective is to make students familiar with the basic concepts and techniques used to create an optimal indoor environment. Students will learn of the design and operation of equipments of thermal and humidity comfort (heating/cooling/humidification/dehumidification), air cleanliness control, impacts of nois on human and means of noise reduction in working environment.

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

Knowledge revision in the form of two compulsory tests in 7th and 13th week of the term. Missed lessons/tests, in justified cases, will be compensated by an additional test.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-EPP , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Microclimate and its evaluation. Environment comfort and thermal comfort.
Air cleanliness. Pollution effects on human beings.
Ventilation systems. Air change evaluation. Air jets.
Flow patterns. Natural ventilation.
Total forced ventilation - design of the ventilation equipments.
Local ventilation. Exhausting equipments and exhaust hoods.
Economy of ventilation equipment, heat recovery systems.
Air-conditioning plants and their components.
Air-conditioning systems - all-air, all-water and refrigerant.
Warm water heating, heating systems and heating bodies, large surface heating.
Hot water and steam heating. Radiant heating of large-volume buildings.
Warm air heating. Heat consumption measurements of heating.
Noise and vibrations. Physiological impacts of noise on human beings. Means of noise reduction.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Measurement of quantities used to determine thermal state of the environment.
Evaluation of the thermal state of the environment. Diagrams of comfort.
Calculation of air change due to ventilation.
Calculation of isothermal jets.
Calculation of nonisothermal jets.
Calculation of natural interrupted ventilation, and airshaft ventilation.
Revision test.
Calculation of building heat losses - ČSN EN 12831 .
Calculation of heat losses of given rooms.
Calculation of heat losses of given rooms.
Dimensioning of heating appliances.
Calculation of an air shower.
Revision test.