Building Technologies


At the end of this curricular unit (CU) the students will have acquired knowledge, skills and competencies that allow them to work on building technology, for design and construction of new buildings up to the conclusion of all the supporting elements, and the repair and retrofitting of old buildings, mainly in terms of: detailed sectional draws of the constitution of the building elements; comparative analysis of different possibilities on building elements design, construction; choice of the building materials, function of their specificity; different constructive elements and functional requirements; design of the most efficient building technologies; deconstruction and CDW management and reuse.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Paulina Santos Forte Faria Rodrigues


Weekly - 4

Total - 66

Teaching language



Previous knowledge and competences concerning Building Materials, Hygrothermic and Acoustics in Buildings are fundamental for Building Technologies


RILEY M., COTGRAVE A. Construction Technology 1: House construction, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. ISBN: 9781137030177
RILEY M., COTGRAVE A. Construction Technology 2: Industrial and Commercial Building, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ISBN: 9781137371690

Articles of scientific journals on the subject of the curricular unit.

CEN standards and building systems application documents.

Teaching method

Theoretical-practical classes

Visit to a working site, technical report and oral presentation with discussion

Decisions taken by the students, future engineers, justifying between different options

Schematic drawings showing the building elements and how they are produced


Classes are in Portuguese; some extra classes support can be provided in English or French

Evaluation method

1st Test – in November (35% of the final grade)

2nd Test – by the end of the semester (35% of the final grade)

Minimum avergae of the two tests = 9.0/20.0

Contribution tin the classes and practical work (30% of the final grade):

Limit date for delivery – in November

Date pro oral presentationand discussion – in a class after the delivery

Subject matter

Buildings. Construction terminology. Project constitution (written and drawn parts). Functional requirements.

Formworks. Concrete structural in situ elements.

Foundations building technologies.

Pillars, beams and slabs. In situ and prefabricated slabs technologies.

Underground walls for soil support vs groundwater level.

Walls. Double leaf walls vs one leaf walls. Prefabricated panels.

Roofs. Terrace roofs vs sloping roofs. Structural elements – horizontal slabs, lightweight structures, self-supporting structures, discontinuous structural elements.

Demolitions and deconstruction. Constructive and demolition waste reuse.

Conception and design. Materials used, differentiation between diverse possibilities to choose, building technologies of the substrates vs future coatings.