Building Physics


Civil Engineering (pós-laboral)

5 ECTS; 3º Ano, 2º Semestre, 30,0 T + 30,0 PL + 15,0 OT


General knowledge of materials and general construction processes.

The students should get familiar with aspects related with fire safety and thermal and acoustic comfort in buildings. They should acquire skills that will allow them to select the best solutions within applicable regulations.

1-Introduction to Building Physics. 2-Thermal performance of buildings. 3-Hygrometric behaviour of buildings. 4-Natural ventilation of buildings. 5-Fire Safety in Buildings. 6-Acoustics (noise measurement, room acoustics and sound insulation).

Evaluation Methodology
A written closed-book test (60%) and a practical assignment(40%). The assignment consists in checking the compliance of the design of a building with the regulations (RCCTE) requirements.

- Vigran, T. (2008). Building Acoustics. London: Taylor & Francis
- Rodrigues, A. e Piedade, A. e Braga, A. (2009). Térmica de Edifícios. (Vol. 1). Amadora: Edições Orion
- Castro, C. e Abrantes, J. (2009). Manual de Segurança Contra Incêndio em Edifícios. (Vol. 1). Sintra: ENB

Method of interaction
Theoretical classes involving concepts presentation. Practical
classes involving problem solving and analysis of the compliance of
projects with applicable legislation.
B-learning is used as a complementary resource.

Software used in class