Course detail

Theory of Optimization of Building Materials Use

FAST-DJB049Acad. year: 2023/2024

The multicriterial deciding process, commercial-technical services of building materials manufacturers. Demands for materials for vertical structures, technological criteria and optimal state. Materials for walls. Horizontal structures: demands for material, variants of materials and the analysis of their criteria. Roofs: qualification of function and material variants of roof cover. Classification, purpose and criteria of surface treatment and the optimization of material variants. Materials for external drainage, concrete tile pavement. Dynamic calculation of mass production of building materials, energetic demands. Evaluation of building materials from the point of view of environment, the solution of handling and recycling of waste materials. The influence of radon and measures to decrease the activity of the object. The part of lectures is accompanied with exercises, which have partially a calculation character.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Entry knowledge

Knowledge from the area of concrete technology, binders, building materials physics, insulation materials.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.


Comprehension of profound principles of building materials composition in the building work, interaction of their properties in scope of the system, which fulfils the demands on mechanical bearing capacity and stability of structures, hygienic criteria, thermal protection of buildings and sound insulation when loaded by noise. Composition of aims and evaluation of the optimal material arrangement under multi-criteria demands, environmental questions in the use of building materials

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Pytlík, P., Vlastnosti a užití stavebních výrobků, VUTIUM 1998 (CS)
COWAN, Henry J. a Peter R. SMITH, The Science and Technology of Building Materials, Van Norstrand New York 1988 (EN)
NOVÁK, J. a kol., Kontrola jakosti ve stavebnictví, ČVUT Praha 1996 (CS)
Svoboda, L. a kol., Stavební hmoty, JAGA Bratislava 2004 (CS)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme DPC-M Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DKA-M Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DKC-M Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
  • Programme DPA-M Doctoral, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction into problems of building products use optimization. 2. Problems of quality control and description of general properties of building materials and building structures. 3. The process of optimization – mathematical model. 4. Demanded technical properties of building materials and building structures. 5. Technological demands. 6. Vertical building structures. 7. Horizontal building structures. 8. Roof structures. 9. Surface treatment of building structures. 10. Products for external surfaces and external draining. 11. Durability of building materials – general principles. 12. Environment, the problems of building material recycling. 13. Economy and marketing. Energetic demands of building structures.