259.445 Elements of Building Construction
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, VU, 2.5h, 3.5EC, to be held in blocked form
TUWELQuinn ECTS survey


  • Semester hours: 2.5
  • Credits: 3.5
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand relevant aspects of building construction on a detailed level. Thereby, holistic, comprehensive, process-guided tectonic thinking plays a major role.

This course focuses on formal representations of constitutive elements of building construction. Selected topics of the current practice of building construction planning will be discussed. Thereby the role of contemporary planning tools and knowledge¿based design and construction will be emphasized, such as Building Information modelling and performance¿guided building design. Students are expected to gather experience in the application of building construction principles as required in a wide range of use cases (Building Performance Modeling, Design Decision Support, etc.).

Subject of course


The course contains a theory component and an exercise part. The lecture part
introduces to the fundamental elements of building construction based on contemporary practice and state¿of¿the¿art tools. Current challenges and trends will be considered in the specific definition of each semester's theoretical foci. In the exercise part, participating students will be asked to specifically approach a specific area of building construction, which is to be subjected to representational inquiries and numeric analyses. 

Teaching methods

  • course in english language
  • theory part ==> assemble knowledge about building construction
  • practice part ==> detailling of building construction

Mode of examination


Additional information

Schedule Winterterm 21/22

  • Participants of selected desigsn studios will get additional tasks in the framework of this course (this is NOT applicable to all design studios)
  • Participants of this class, who take this as a stand alone course, will find theory and practice tasks and material by start of November.

This is a On-Demand class, that means no physical meetings are planned for groups. In case or requirement, meetings will be arranged online person by person.

only via lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at  (Subject: 259445 - and a short wording about the needed help/information)



Examination modalities

  • presence in class.
  • participation.
  • timely delivery of high-qualitative assignements.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
03.10.2022 00:30 31.12.2022 23:59 31.12.2022 23:59

Registration modalities

This lecture is in english language and is intented for graduate (Master) students of Building Science, Architecture, or Civil Engineering. Students of other curricula may send an email to lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at to illustrate their interest in a short (3-5 sentence) explanation


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 444 Building Science and Environment Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Interest about the content and willingness to invest some time and work on deliverables.