101-0527-10L  Materials and Constructions

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersG. Habert, M. Posani
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


101-0527-10 GMaterials and Constructions
The course will take place in HCI G 3 from 09.11.23 onwards.
2 hrs
Thu/213:45-15:30HCI G 7 »
Thu13:45-15:30HIL C 10.2 »
14.12.12:45-13:30HCI G 7 »
G. Habert, M. Posani

Catalogue data

AbstractBuilding materials with a special focus on regenerative materials: earth, bio-based and reuse.
Looking at material sourcing, properties and performance, as well as how they are integrated in the buildings (building envelope and detailing).
Choice of material is done out of sustainability concern.
ObjectiveSpecial focus on regenerative materials: earth, bio-based and reuse
The students will acquire knowledge in the following fields:
Fundamentals of material performance
Introduction to durability problems of building facades

Materials for the building envelope:
- Overview of structural materials and systems: concrete, steel, stone, earth, wood and bamboo
- Insulating materials (bio-based vs conventional)

Assessment of materials and components behaviour and performance
Degradation risks connected to insulation and post-insulation
Aspects of sustainability and durability
Sustainable cement and concrete
Earth construction
Timber construction
Building physic and conventional insulation
Bio-based insulation and degradation risks with insulation
Hygrothermal properties of building materials and dynamic numerical simulations
Efficiency and sustainability of modern window glazing
Subject-specific CompetenciesTechniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesDecision-makingfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersG. Habert, M. Posani
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationGroup project with a final presentation and discussion held on the last weeks of December

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