Course Details

Thermal engineering

Academic Year 2024/25

BHB005 course is part of 3 study plans

BPC-SI / VS Summer Semester 2nd year

BKC-SI Summer Semester 2nd year

BPA-SI Summer Semester 2nd year

Course Guarantor


Language of instruction

Czech, English


4 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit and examination

Offered to foreign students

To offer to students of all faculties

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 1 hours/week, elective


1. Introduction, motivation, historical development, related laws, regulations, standards, heat transfer. 2. Thermal properties of building materials, sources of information, definition of thermal comfort. 3. Boundary conditions for calculations, definition of steady state thermal field, thermal resistance, total therma resistance. 4. Thermal transmittance - calculation when considering one-dimensional or two-dimensional heat transfer, evaluation, influence of reflective properties of materials. 5. The average (overal) thermal transmittance of the building envelope,the energy label of the building envelope. 6. Temperatures in building structures in steady state temperature field, lowest internal surface temperature of the structure, calculation of the temperature factor at the internal surface and its evaluation. 7. Calculation of the thermal transmittance when of one-dimensional heat transfer cannot be applied, thermal bridges, linear and point thermal transmittance 8. Water vapour tranfer through the building structures, calculation of the interstitial condensation , calculation of the annual balance of interstitial evaporation and condensation and evaluation. 9. Description of non steady temperature field, thermal damping, drop of the touch temperature of the floors and its evaluation. 10. Thermal room stability in summer and winter, definition of critical room, evaluation. 11. Introduction to the energy performance of the building, introduction to the energy performance certificate of the building. 12. Air permeability of building envelope, airtightness measurement, diagnostics of building structures by infrared thermography method.


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


1. Introduction, calculation of thermal resistance and thermal transmittance of existing structures. 2. Design of new structures, thermal insulation of existing structures, drawings of renovated building. 3. Calculation and assessment of thermal transmittance of new structures. 4. Design of windows and doors, calculation of thermal transmittance. 5. Calculation and assessment of average thermal transmittance. 6. Simplified calculation of thermal transmittance of the composite structure. 7. Internal surface temperature and temperature factor at the internal surface . 8. Temperature evolution in the structure. 9. Interstitial condensation. 10. Annual balance of condensed and evaporated water vapour. 11. Assessment of selected structures with the use of selected software. 12. Informative calculation of two-dimensional temperature field using software, credit.