Building and Environmental Technology
The Department for Building and Environmental Technology pursues teaching and research in the construction of buildings, bridges, dams and waterways with regards to their function, safety, environmental effects and durability. Its activities cover a broad field, from the melting of snow and flooding of regions, via houses, bridges and conduits, down to the material scale and the formation of cracks in concrete, as well as from thousand-year-old transport of pollutants in ground water to the rapid development of fire in buildings.
The department is responsible for most of the teaching for the programmes in Civil Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering and Risk Management, and a considerable part of the programme in Environmental Engineering.
Researchers in Building Materials study the properties of various materials and their behaviour in different applications. The strength, durability and environmental effects are determined and applied in assessments of the material’s lifetime, recycling and indoor air quality. The most studied material within this field is concrete, but other materials such as timber and masonry are also studied.
In Building Physics, studies are carried out on how heat, moisture and air are transported through buildings in general and its various components. The results of this research are used to develop structural elements such as foundations, outer walls, windows and roofs. The aim is to create energy-efficient, damp-proof houses with a comfortable indoor climate.
In the field of Building Services, engineering solutions are developed to ensure a comfortable climate in buildings (ventilation, heating, cooling and regulation). A holistic approach is applied, where comfort, energy efficiency, good air quality, and systems and materials are made durable throughout their whole lifetime.
Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety
In Fire Safety Engineering research focuses on fire safety in buildings and the probability and consequences of various kinds of accidents. The development of fires, human behaviour in case of fire, methods and means of extinguishing fires, and vulnerability analysis of critical infrastructure systems are studied. Research is also performed in risk and safety management.
Structural Engineering is concerned with the design of load-bearing systems in buildings, bridges and other constructions to ensure safety and endurance. Durability, safety and risk assessment are central issues in this research. Research is carried out in concrete, timber and brickwork structures, as well as computer assistance in planning and construction.
Water Resources Engineering
In Water Resources Engineering, research is pursued on how water resides and is transported in nature and urban systems. Studies are carried out on the movement of rainwater through land and foundations, how rain and melted snow reach rivers, flooding and the design of systems to reduce the consequences of flooding, as well as on water flows, the spread of pollutants, and erosion along coasts and the banks of rivers and lakes. The research is of international character, and takes place in collaboration with many researchers and projects around the world.