The Department of Building Structures focuses on complex issues related to the design of building structures and the design of residential, public, industrial and agricultural buildings. The objective is to accomplish high-quality structural solutions incorporating a wide spectrum of sustainability criteria – above all the implementation of progressive technologies, new materials and energy- and material-efficient solutions. Special emphasis is put on degradation processes, rehabilitation of failures, reconstruction and modernization projects of buildings and structures.
The Department of Building Structures is the core department of the branches of study of Building Structures, Architecture and Building Engineering, Buildings and Environment, Building Structures (in English) a Buildings and Environment (in English). The department also supervises basic courses in building structures in the other branches of Civil Engineering, and in inter-faculty programmes of Intelligent Buildings (both in Czech and English). The department provides instruction in the courses of Building Structures (1 to 6), Building Physics (1 and 2), Project, Studio Work, Failures, Degradation and Reconstruction, Fire Safety and Health Safety, Building Systems, Integrated Building Design, Complex Building Quality Assessment and others.
The department also caters for the instruction of postgraduate students in doctoral degree study programmes in the branch of Building Engineering – including ca 30 doctoral degree students in both full-time and part-time study.
In the field of research and development, the department deals with both theoretic and experimental research in the field of Building Structures oriented towards sustainable building construction, energy- and material-efficient structures, structural problems connected with the design of load-bearing systems of multi-storey and hall buildings, design of completion structures, including their interaction with load-bearing structures, building physics, fire safety, health safety, degradation processes in constructions and materials, failures, rehabilitation, microbiological effects, building diagnostics etc.
Experimental research is carried out in the Central Laboratories and in two departmental laboratories – the Microbiological Laboratory and the Laboratory of Building Diagnostics. Research into photovoltaic systems is carried out on the experimental installation site on the gable roof and the roof of Building B of the Faculty of Civil Engineering.