Chapter Three

Building Physics

Building physics is the term coined for the study of those aspects of physics which are relevant to the practical design of buildings. It includes lighting, ventilation, air flow, acoustics and those subjects concerning the control and use of energy, especially energy in the form of heat; it also includes the study of the microclimate, that is the study of conditions in the immediate environment of the building. Study of these subjects should help to produce better comfort, safety and economy in building design. Normally the stiffness, strength and durability of the building structure and cladding elements and any other topics connected with the structural mechanics of the building are the concern of the structural ...

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