The Department's teaching and research activities are divided into three specialist areas:

Building Environment

This includes heating technology in buildings, buildings' acoustics, daylight lighting and sunlight access. The field of thermal technology in buildings deals with solutions for all thermo technical properties of building structures and building, with the emphasis on construction details such as thermal bridges and bindings, for two and three dimensional temperature fields. Building acoustics involves an assessment of the basic acoustic properties of a construction, such as acoustic absorption and impact sound transmission loss. Students are taught the elementary principles of measuring and theoretical calculations of acoustic quantities. In the field of daylight lighting and sunlight access, students learn to assess an internal space in respect of daylight lighting and sunlight penetration. They become familiar with graphical methods of calculation and with computer programs for the modelling of buildings' interiors.

Energy System in Buildings

This field is concerned with the assessment of the energy demands of a building. Students will become familiar with methods of energy assessment of buildings and the legal requirements, with the methods of energy audits and the evaluation of energy demands of all service systems in buildings, such as heating, ventilation, or warm service water. They learn to design energy-saving buildings, for example low-energy or energy neutral buildings. For the calculations of these values, students will use the same computer software as is used in practice.

Building Services

This includes all installations in a building, such as drinking and warm water, waste water, heating and ventilation, installing and making safe gas supply to all gas appliances, electricity supply, lighting, traditional and alternative sources of heating and cooling, and the combined production of heat and power, and regulation and measuring. Also included is safeguarding against lightning, gas explosions, and unauthorised entry. Students also learn about certification of goods, the ways and means of reducing emissions, and the assessment of emission load.

The Department is research active and collaborates closely with other research units in domestic and foreign Universities, including the University of Žilina and Opole University of Technology. The Department participates in international projects as a part of operational programmes in cross-boarder collaborations, and also works close with specialist construction companies, the Silesian Wood Processing Cluster, Energy Cluster, and the Moravian-Silesian Regional Energy Agency.

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