Building Physics


Civil Engineering

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


Not applicable.

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 (REH,RSCIE e RRAE).

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 coursework assignment(40%). The assignment consists in checking the compliance of the design of a building with the regulation(REH) requirements and its energy rating.

- Abrantes, J. e Castro, C. (2009). Manual de Segurança Contra Incêndio em Edifícios. (Vol. 1). Sintra: ENB
- Braga, A. e Piedade, A. e Rodrigues, A. (2009). Térmica de Edifícios. (Vol. 1). Amadora: Edições Orion
- Patrício, J. (2018). Acústica de Edifícios. (Vol. 1). Lisboa: Engbook

Method of interaction
Theoretical classes involving concept presentation. Practical
classes involving problem solving and analysis of the compliance of a
project with the REH.
B-learning is used as a complementary resource.

Software used in class
Solterm computer program - INETI
Spreadsheet - FC_REH_XLSM
LNEC- Aplication for Ventilation (REH eand RECS)Spreadsheet