259.304 Visual aspects of building performance
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2020S, VO, 2.5h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.5
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand and basically apply the scientific foundations and physical aspects of daylight and artificial light onto specific questions (of the architectural domain).

Subject of course

This course aims at enabling students to understandthe fundamentals of light:

  • Physics of light
  • Daylighting
  • Artificial lighting
  • technical basic of different luminaire-systems
  • function of the human eye.

Additionally the course equipes students with the necessary background knowledge for the use of high-performance lighting simulation tools in the architectural lighting and acoustic domains. First the scientific foundations of dayligting, illuminating engineering, room acoustics, and building acoustics are introduced. Subsequently, computational design support tools for the simulation of dayligthing and electrical ligthing as well as sound propagation in architectural spaces are treated. Using realistic case studies, the course provides the students with the knowledge and skills toward the competent use of lighting and acoustic simulation tools in Architecture.

Teaching methods

  • Lecture
  • Stduy of Examples
  • Discussion

Mode of examination


Additional information

+++lecture is held in english language+++

+++mandatory course for Master of Building Science (M2.2)+++

+++lecture is part of Modul 2 (Building Physics, M2.2.)+++

+++elective course (Ergänzungsfach) of Modul Bauökologie // Curriculum 066443+++

Schedule summerterm 2020:  (changed due to COVID19)

  • Mo 02.03.2020, 15:00 - 19:00, HS15
  • Mo 09.03.2020, 15:00 - 19:00, HS15
  • Mo 16.03.2020, 15:00 - 19:00, HS15 canceled
  • Mo 23.03.2020, 15:00 - 19:00, HS15 canceled
  • Mo 30.03.2020, 15:00 - 19:00, HS15 canceled
  • Mo 20.04.2020, 15:00 - 19:00, HS15 canceled
  • Mo 27.04.2020, 15:00 - 19:00, HS15 canceled
  • Main EXAM: 04.May.2020  (PRESUMABLY: HS15 or other venue 15:00 - 18:00 (Main) EXAM (registration via TISS required!) (COVD19--Update: Will be held online)

Contact: only via lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at 


  • short term changes will be announced in class and/or send via (TISS-)EMAIL



Course dates

Mon15:00 - 19:0002.03.2020 - 09.03.2020Hörsaal 15 Visual & Acoustical Aspects of Building Performance
Visual aspects of building performance - Single appointments
Mon02.03.202015:00 - 19:00Hörsaal 15 Visual & Acoustical Aspects of Building Performance
Mon09.03.202015:00 - 19:00Hörsaal 15 Visual & Acoustical Aspects of Building Performance
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

written exam

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
03.02.2020 00:01 23.07.2020 23:59 23.07.2020 23:59

Registration modalities

Registration is possible for master of Building Science students. Other interested students can write to lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at to apply for the lecture.


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

basics of physics

Accompanying courses