Building Physics and Technical Services in Architecture

The main objective of our training is to teach building physics and technical services as integral components of architectural design. The teaching of fundamentals in these two broad fields is largely phenomenological and, due to the limited time budget, is concentrated on the most important sub-fields. Necessary calculation principles are oriented towards application in planning practice. Another important concern is the orientation of discipline-specific questions to typical design tasks in order to train interdisciplinary work.

Through the use of (predominantly) computer-aided planning and simulation tools, students should be enabled to evaluate and optimise their design solutions themselves with regard to indoor climate, energy requirements and light. A special feature in this context is the department's artificial sky, which was realised with the support of the Hochschulgemeinschaft für Lichttechnik (HfL) and the Osram company and enables students to carry out investigations with models at different scale levels. Focal points of the education in the higher semesters are closely linked to research projects of the fbta and offer interested students the opportunity to enter into scientific work. Priority topics here are integral energy concepts for climate-neutral buildings, indoor climate design and comfort, and design-based (day) lighting solutions.

Our general learning objectives in the 6-semester Bachelor's programme and the 4-semester Master's programme - in addition to the module-specific qualification objectives - are as follows:

Bachelor's programme

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals relevant to architects in the fields of building physics and technical construction
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply important calculation and planning methods - assessment of thermal comfort, heating and total energy balance for buildings (according to EnEV), thermal building behaviour in summer, moisture transport (Glaser method), drainage application, daylight quotient and artificial light requirement
    Exercises, semester assignments
  • Transferability of building physics and building technology issues into the design process and evaluation of the same in the overall context of building design
    Exercises, semester assignments, studio designs


Master's programme

  • In-depth knowledge of special fields in both disciplines with a focus on integral energy concepts for climate-neutral buildings, indoor climate and lighting technology
    Lectures, seminars
  • Knowledge and ability to apply advanced simulation and planning methods - dynamic thermal building behaviour, indoor lighting conditions
  • Ability to transfer questions of building physics and building technology into the design process and evaluate them in the overall context of building planning
  • Drafts with specialisation, Master's thesis with specialisation
  • Ability to work scientifically on a given or self-selected topic or as part of a research project at the fbta.student research project, research seminar, master's thesis (only for students from other faculties)