Degree in Architecture Studies

In La Salle you will be trained to become a responsable architect. Likewise, you will acquire the capacity to respond to the needs of society using the most advanced knowledge and technologies

ENERGY 1. Applied physics II. Introduction to installations and energy

1.1. Code: YY013 1.2. Type of course: Core Course 1.3. Semester: Semester-based 1.4. ECTS Credits: 6 1.5. Responsible Professor: 1.6. Language: Catalan - Spanish - English
Type Subject
Tercer - Obligatoria
Previous Knowledge

Ability to solve basic exercises in thermodynamics, acoustics, optics, and hygrothermics.

· Ability to solve basic exercises in the principles of fluid mechanics, hydraulics, electricity, and electromagnetism.

· Adequate understanding of physical problems and various technologies, as well as the role of buildings in providing internal comfort conditions and protection against climatic factors.

· Introduction to the implementation of building systems. Anticipation of spaces and understanding of different schemes.


Fluid Physics Concepts:

- Density

- Pressure

- Pascal's Principle

- Archimedes' Principle

- Surface Tension and Capillarity

Introduction to Thermodynamics:

- Heat Transport Mechanisms:

- Conduction

- Convection

- Radiation

- Heat Dissipation

- Matter and Heat:

- Thermal Conductivity

- Specific Heat

Comfort: Parameters and Factors:

- Hygrothermal

- Acoustic

- Lighting

- Cultural

- Physiological

The Building as an Ecosystem:

- Energy

- The Building as an Energy Exchanger

- The Building as Habitable Space

History of Environmental Conditioning:

- Approach (Natural vs. Energy-based)

- Folk Architecture

Hygrothermal Behavior of Buildings:

Physical Concepts, Loads, and Energy Exchanges:

- Transmission

- Solar Radiation

- Occupancy

- Lighting

- Equipment

- Outdoor Air Supply

- Thermal Inertia

Introduction to Lighting Energy:

- Physics of Light

- Light Measurement: Sound Units

- Light in Architecture

- Basic Concepts of Natural Lighting Design

- Basic Concepts of Artificial Lighting Design

Introduction to Acoustic Energy:

- Physics of Sound

- Sound Measurement

- Matter and Sound

- Acoustic Isolation Concepts

- Acoustic Absorption Concepts

Thermal Behavior of Buildings: Passive Strategies in Design:

- Placement

- Relationship with the Environment

- Shape

- Microclimate

- Orientation

- Mass/Hollow

- Ventilation

- Thermal Inertia

- Solar Protection

- Insulation

Thermal Behavior of Buildings: Introduction to Active Strategies in Design:

- Ventilation

- Heating

- Cooling

- Air Conditioning

Acoustic Behavior of Buildings:

Conditioning of Spaces: Design Strategies and Analysis of Construction Systems

Airborne Sound Insulation: Design Strategies and Analysis of Construction Systems

Impact Sound Insulation: Design Strategies and Analysis of Construction Systems


Problem-solving and exercise classes

Laboratory practices


Self-paced learning

Project-based learning

Flipped classroom

Peer instruction

Challenge-based learning


Evaluation Criteria



Internal/external reports

Exercises, problems, and practical work

Group/individual presentations


Class participation/attendance tracking

Basic Bibliography
Additional Material