Course Details

Ecology in the Building Industry

Academic Year 2024/25

NJA039 course is part of 1 study plan

NPC-SIM Winter Semester 2nd year

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Language of instruction



5 credits



Forms and criteria of assessment

course-unit credit and examination

Offered to foreign students

Not to offer

Course on BUT site


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, elective


1. Ecosystem, biosphere, lithosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biochemical cycle. 2. Atmosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere pollution, combustion gases, waste waters. 3. Biological needs of humans, environmental comfort, chemical and physical effects. Radioactivity, radon and its sources in secondary raw materials. 4. Toxicology, determination of toxicity, survey of toxic substances and the possible sources of them. Laws and decrees concerning the environment and handling with wastes, introduction of EU regulations. 5. Classification of technologies from the point of view of waste formation, classification of wastes, composition and radioactivity of wastes. Handling of waste – accumulation, haulage, sorting and recycling of waste. 6. Methods of treatment of wastes – physical, physico-chemical and chemical. 7. Thermal treatment of wastes, municipal refuses incinerating plants, incinerating plants for other and toxic refuses, other methods of thermal treatment. 8. Storing of wastes, technological parts of storing areas, types of storage sites, rehabilitation. 9. Wastes utilized in the building industry, their classification and characteristics of individual groups. Wastes from building production and possibilities of their recycling. 10. Wastes from power producing industry, chemical and phase composition, reactivity, pozzuolana activity, possibilities of utilization in building industry. Wastes from metallurgical industry, chemical and phase composition, reactivity, possibility of utilization in building industry.


13 weeks, 2 hours/week, compulsory


1. Introductory seminar – laboratory regulations, basic terminology, topics of the ECO PROJECT. 2. Preparation of samples for determination of CuCl2 extract and related theory. 3. Seminar focusing on using by-products in the building industry + laboratory work within the ECO PROJECT. 4. Laboratory seminar to determine the properties and subsequently the type of building materials. 5. Laboratory seminar to determine the type of contamination of water samples + laboratory work within the ECO PROJECT. 6. Determination of CuCl2 extract of the reference and modified mortar. 7. Completion of experiments and testing of products obtained during the ECO PROJECT. 8. Processing the results of the EKO PROJECT according to the required form, including research design of the issue. 9. Presentation of the results of the EKO PROJECT and its evaluation, submitting of reports. 10. Credit test.