Architecture Degree Programme at “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning

The Faculty of Architecture / Architecture (English taught)
3rd Year, sem 1, 2023-2024

ST-85E | Introduction to Buildings' Physics

Compulsory Course | Hours/Week: 2C | ECTS Credits: 3


Introduction to Buildings Physics Regulations 2022.pdf

Exam Regulations


Contact Introduction to Buildings Physics 2021.pdf


Course Leader:
Adrian Vidrașcu
Teaching language:


Learning outcomes:

The discipline aims to acquire a basic knowledge of buildings’ physics, in order to understand the main principles that influence the technical design process. The information the students get in touch with is mandatory for an architect profile formation.
Thus, the main objective of the course is to consolidate the basic knowledge about the following themes, related to the essential quality requirements in construction field: hygrothermics, acoustics, sun shading / sun control, natural lighting.


The basic principles of the following topics are studied:
• Hygrothermics
• Acoustics
• Sun shading / Sun control
• Natural lighting

Teaching Method:

Illustrated lectures with digital support (drawings, photos, diagrams, videos), conversations, debates, explanations, questionnaires.


The evaluation for the course ”Introduction to buildings’ physics” consists of the following criteria:
- 25% - activity during the semester (the average of the highest 5 marks obtained during the semester, to various short questions asked during the courses);
- 75% - final exam (in session);
According to the University’s regulations, the attendance to at least 50% of the classes is compulsory for the student to be allowed to participate at the exam.


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