Course detail

Fundamentals of Indoor Environmental Engineering

FSI-IZRAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course addresses issues concerning indoor environments in buildings, which include human thermal comfort, indoor air quality, ventilation, heating, air conditioning, energy conservation and sustainability.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Practical knowledge of physics, mathematics and thermodynamics.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Two multiple choice tests (in the 7th and 13th teaching week).
Active participation in seminars and passing two tests (in the 7th and 13th teaching week).


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with technologies for creating healthy and comfortable indoor environments with the focus on minimization of energy consumption.
Students acquire basic knowledge of technologies for creating healthy and comfortable indoor environments in buildings.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

McQUISTON, Faye C., Jerald D. PARKER and Jeffrey D. SPITLER. Heating Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, John Wiley and Sons, [2005]. ISBN 0-471-66154-6
ASHRAE handbook: Fundamentals (SI Edition). American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc., [2013]. ISBN 978-1-936504-46-6
ASHRAE Handbook - Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Systems and Equipment (SI Edition). American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc., [2012]. ISBN 9781936504268

Recommended reading

NOVÝ, Richard a kol. Technika prostředí. České vysoké učení technické v Praze. [2006]. ISBN 80-01-03492-5
JANOTKOVÁ, Eva. Technika prostředí - 1. a 2. část. FSI VUT v Brně, [2014]. Elektronická verze v pdf dostupná v e-learningu. (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-ENE-P Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to indoor environmental engineering (outdoor and indoor environment, human thermal comfort).
2. Thermal environment (operative temperature, PMV, PPD, DR, WBGT).
3. Indoor air quality (types of pollutants, health protection, ways of providing required indoor air quality).
4. Building ventilation (natural ventilation, mechanical ventilation, air cleaning).
5. Ventilation technology (air transport and distribution, components of ventilation systems).
6. Energy demand of ventilation, waste heat recovery.
7. Air-conditioning systems (classification, components).
8. Sizing and operation of air-conditioning systems.
9. Space heating in buildings, classification of heating systems.
10. Heat sources and components of space heating systems.
11. Energy performance of buildings and its evaluation, integration of renewable energy sources.
12. Noise and its influence on humans, basics of engineering acoustics, health protection in noisy environments.
13. New trends in indoor environmental engineering.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Instruments and techniques for evaluation of thermal environment.
2. Human thermal comfort, thermal comfort diagrams.
3. Indoor air quality, calculation of ventilation rates.
4. Natural ventilation (air flow through ventilation openings and ventilation shafts).
5. Mechanical ventilation, air supply, air jets.
6. Waste heat recovery in ventilation.
7. Educational assessment (multiple choice test).
8. Summer operation of an all-air air-conditioning system.
9. Winter operation of an all-air air-conditioning system.
10. Calculation of design heat load.
11. Evaluation of energy performance of buildings.
12. Noise and engineering acoustics, basic quantities and calculations.
13. Educational assessment (multiple choice test).