Buildings and Environment

Master's degree study programme
Buildings and Environment

The study programme focuses on complex solutions to technical building systems such as heat and cold supply, ventilation, air conditioning, water management, lighting, acoustics and others. Emphasis is placed on understanding the links to the  indoor environment theory, building physics, energy performance and the environment perceived throughout the entire life cycle of the building. By selecting optional courses and project topics, the program allows individual profiling according to students’ interest.

Length of study

1,5 year

Obtained title



The Master’s degree programme of Buildings and Environment is the English version of the programme of the same name taught in Czech.  It is designed primarily for international students, Bachelor’s degree graduates,  with a focus on  civil or architectural engineering, building design, building services systems, the built environment, and related programmes; or Czech students who want to prepare for work in a foreign company and deepen their knowledge of professional English.

The instruction is aimed at mastering comprehensive knowledge of the principles of conceptual design of buildings, their parts, energy and environmental technical systems of buildings that ensure a comfortable and healthy indoor environment, responding to the users’ requirements, with minimum energy consumption and minimal burden on the environment. Emphasis is placed on a holistic understanding of the building with links to the external and internal environment in the whole building’s life cycle (“Integrated building design”).

During the studies, knowledge is deepened in theoretical and preparatory subjects such as the indoor environmental theory, energy performance of buildings and environmental performance assessment of buildings. Within the individual professional areas of building design, energy and environmental systems, emphasis is placed on the selection criteria and the interrelationship of systems. The professional subjects predominantly focus on the optimisation of structural, energy and ecological system solutions for characteristic building types in the residential, civic, industrial and agricultural building industry sectors from the perspective of standard, low-energy and intelligent buildings.

By choosing elective courses and the topic of the final thesis, the students will select an area of their interest in which they will extend the professional knowledge necessary for both successful utilization in practice as well as their effective professional placement.  The study is completed by the preparation of a diploma thesis in the 3rd semester of study, its defence and the passing of the  final graduation examination.

Structure of study

The first and second semesters are fully full-time and instruction  in the form of lectures, practical classes, seminars, laboratories and project consultations is held in the buildings of the Faculty of Civil Engineering   CTU in Prague.  The third semester is devoted to the preparation of the diploma thesis and takes the form of individual consultations.

Selected common-core courses:

Elective courses:

How to apply to study


a study


Submit the application
by 31. 3. 2021


Pay the administration fee of 850 Kč


the entrance process



Designing Low Energy Buildings

Low-energy buildings, referred to as near-zero energy buildings or near-zero emission buildings, are a major challenge not only in terms of their structural and technical design that affects the need for heat and electricity, but also in terms of the choice of heat and electricity sources, the method of the distribution and  control of their use. The optimized design of these buildings and heating, ventilation, cooling and hot water systems is thus the subject of not only  students’ work but also  research and practical applications.

Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment

Modern buildings must meet high requirements for the envelope quality  to minimize heat loss and gain. Such  building design requires technical systems for periods when windows cannot be used to provide the necessary air exchange and extraction of pollutants and other functions. The methods of comprehensive assessment of indoor environmental quality help not only to set the limits of physical variables but also to find optimal settings of service parameters and potential reserves leading to IEQ improvements in the case of existing buildings.  In the course of studies, you will learn about the methods of assessing the  indoor environment quality and  practical measurement of individual physical variables.

Career prospects

The graduates of the branch of Building and Environment will be employed primarily as:

The programme is organised to prepare the graduates to become members of the Czech Chamber of Chartered Engineers and Technicians.

Completion and follow-up studies

The study is completed by the final project – Master´s Thesis in 3rd semester. The students register for the thesis at the department of their choice. The topics of the theses vary significantly. These may be system design, numerical or even experimental studies. Sometimes, students collaborate on research topics investigated by the Faculty. The research collaboration fully develops in the subsequent Doctoral degree study after graduation. 

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Responsible: prof. Ing. arch. Ing. Zuzana Pešková, Ph.D.