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101-0527-10L  Materials and Constructions

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersG. Habert, S. Claude, D. Sanz Pont
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


AbstractBuilding materials: properties and performance, building envelope integration and detailing, solutions for energy efficient buildings, sustainable building construction
ObjectiveSpecial focus on sustainable building materials: earth, biobased, stone…
The students will acquire knowledge in the following fields:
Fundamentals of material performance
Fundamentals of building envelope design and construction: roof, walls, basement
Introduction to durability problems of building facades
Materials for the building envelope:
- Overview of structural materials and systems: concrete, steel and wood, earth and stone
- Insulating materials (biobased vs conventional)
- Air barrier, vapour barrier and sealants
- Façade systems and veneer materials
- Interior finishing
Assessment of materials and components behaviour and performance
Solutions for energy retrofitting of (historical) buildings
Aspects of sustainability and durability
ContentBuilding materials: properties and performance, building envelope integration and detailing, solutions for energy efficient buildings, sustainable building construction. Special focus on sustainable building materials: earth, biobased, stone…