Risorse bibliografiche
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoria
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativa
Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Scuola Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni
Insegnamento 053090 - BUILDING PHYSICS
Docente Ferrari Simone
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  4.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Blended Learning & Flipped Classroom

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Nome Sezione Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

Building Physics is that part of the science that studies the topics of energy efficiency in buildings and environmental comfort. Its field of action is not limited to the study of buildings but also extends to the environment outside at the various territorial scales.

The main purpose of the course is the study of the energy-environmental performance of buildings and the consequent connections with urban, architectural and plant design.

The topics necessary for understanding the interaction of the external environment - building - internal environment, the exploitation of energy sources (in particular regarding renewable energy sources) and the satisfaction of comfort are discussed.

The international legislative and regulatory framework is focusing in the last years, even in a mandatory way, the design choices in the building sector to an ever-increasing attention to the energy and environmental aspects of both new buildings, to almost zero-energy buildings, and those existing subjects to retrofit. The theoretical basis provided in this discipline are essential elements for a coherent approach to sustainable construction design.

An innovative teaching activity is planned in flipped classroom mode.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

In this course, the basic elements for an energy efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable design are provided. Specifically, the theoretical basis necessary for understanding the phenomena of Building Physics applied to the construction sector are provided.

Students will acquire the fundamental tools to assess the energetic behaviour of the buildings that they will have to plan or refurbished. Each of their technological choices can be assessed for the consequent energy implications. The basis of thermodynamics and heat transfer, and of sustainable design, once acquired will constitute a knowledge essential to manage the energy and environmental aspects of buildings.

Argomenti trattati

By developing a deeper intuitive understanding of thermal sciences, the course allows students to approach the architectural design taking into account the physical phenomena responsible of the building behaviour. Moreover, by introducing the basics of the architectural science, the course provides knowledge of the physical principles and their relationship to human comfort, also by considering the control functions of the building (passive controls), associated installations, energy-using ‘active’ controls.

Since the performance of the built environment has greatest effect on energy use and sustainability, the lectures are finalized to study the interaction between buildings and environment, the environmental and energy problems and their connection with architectural design.

Basic subjects are thermodynamics, heat transfer, psychometrics, climatic conditions, thermal and visual comfort and their relation with energy and environmental performance of the buildings.

  • Basic Concepts of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

 - Energy, Energy Transfer, and General Energy Analysis

- Properties of Pure Substances

- Energy Analysis of Closed Systems

- Mass and Energy Analysis of Control Volumes

- The Second Law of Thermodynamics

- Entropy

- Thermodynamic Cycles

- Gas Vapor Mixtures and Air-Conditioning

- Mechanisms of Heat Transfer (conduction, convection, radiation)


  • Basis of sustainable design 

- Thermal comfort

- Climate

- Thermal behaviour of buildings

- Passive controls design

- Active controls: HVAC

- Physics of light and vision

- Daylight and sunlight

- Electric lighting

- Energy sources and conversion

- Renewable energy

- Energy use and energy conservation


The knowledge gained equips the student with the tools to realize the potential of the good intentions of sustainable design.

The course structure includes ex-cathedra lectures with exercises.


During the educational path the sequence of the courses and the order of registration of the related exam must follow the priority specified in the study programme regulation.

Modalità di valutazione

The examination implies a written test:

• solving numerical problems
• theoretical questions with multiple answers on the topics of the course
• theoretical questions with open answers (succinct) on the topics of the course


  Based on the verification needs of the teacher an additional oral examination could be eventually included.


Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaYunus A. Cengel, Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer , Editore: McGraw-Hill

As an alternative to: Thermodynamics - An Engineering Approach; The sections of the chapters to be studied are only those corresponding to the content of the slides presented during the lectures

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaYunus A. Cengel, Michael A. Boles, Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, Editore: McGraw-Hill

As an alternative to: Introduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer; The sections of the chapters to be studied are only those corresponding to the content of the slides presented during the lectures

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaS. V. Szokolay, Introduction to architectural science: the basis of sustainable design, Editore: Architectural Press-Elsevier Ltd/Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group

This book has to be studied entirely, including Data sheets and Method sheets, excluding the entire Part 3 (Sound). Any additional specific sections to be excluded will be communicated during the lectures.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaNorbert Lechner, HEATING, COOLING, LIGHTING - Sustainable Desogn Methods for Architects, Editore: John Wiley & Sons, Inc

Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 80:00 120:00

Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

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