Course Details

Acoustics and Daylighting

Academic Year 2024/25

BHB011 course is part of 3 study plans

BPC-SI / S Summer Semester 4th year

BKC-SI Summer Semester 4th year

BPA-SI Summer Semester 4th 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, 2 hours/week, elective


Acoustics: 1. Sound waves, sound field. Acoustics and physiology, basic notions, sound levels and loudness. 2. Sound measurement, frequency band, frequency band analysis, noise report, hygienic limits. 3. Urban acoustics, noise attenuation. 4. Room acoustics, diffuse sound field, sound field. 5. Absorptive constructions, membranes and oscillating plates, Helmholtz resonators. Sound insulation, rating of air-born and structure-born sound insulation. 6. Air-born sound insulation, Watter’s method. Impact sound insulation of building constructions. Daylighting: 7. Solar radiation, insolation, requirements for insolation. 8. Light and photometry. Methods of evaluation of daylighting in buildings, Daniljuk’s nomograms. 9. Waldram’s diagram, BRS nomograms, average daylight factor. 10. Daylight simulation software. 11. Summary, importance of acoustics, daylighting and insolation for building design.


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


Acoustics: 1. Introduction, sound waves, octave bands, frequences. 2. Sound pressure, power and intensity levels. 3. Equivalent noise level, noise histogram. 4. Noise reduction due to distance, green bushes and walls. Noise reduction due to wide barrier. 5. Reverberation time of a room. Recommendations for the room finishings because of the reverberation time reduction. 6. Air-borne sound insulation of a building construction. Sound reduction index of a simple wall determined according to the Watter’s method. 7. Impact-sound insulation of a building construction. Daylighting: 8. Assessment of a building insolation, shading diagram. 9. Evaluation of a room daylighting with Daniljuk’s nomograms. 10. Daylight simulation in software WDLS. 11. Preliminary report of noise, insolation and daylight conditions in a selected building.