Building materials


Václav Kočí

2 2435 7125

Office: A328


Lukáš Fiala

2 2435 7125

Office: A328

Ayodele Afolayan

2 2435 7102

Office: D1015

Info about the subject

Subject is taught  in  winter semester only.

Weekly load: 2 hour lecture/week + 2 hour seminar /week 

Main aim of course is giving basic information about the structure and properties of the building materials and about their testing methods on the base of the contemporary knowledge and materials engineering approach. The laboratory work (exercise) consists in the testing of building materials from the point of view of physically - chemical properties and their quality control.



  • Lectures in winter semester 2023/2024 will be held in room A 229, Friday 8:00 (or online via MS Teams according to the actual situation)
  • Lectures summary
  • Sign in MS Teams (in the case of online teaching):
    • login: + Password CTU
    • TeamBXXX-123BM01



Seminars in winter semester 2023/2024: Friday 10:00, A336 + laboratories or online via MS Teams

Content of seminars:

  • 5 laboratory lessons
  • 4 theoretical seminars
  • 2 calculation exercises

Programme of seminars in winter semester 2023/2024

 The laboratory reports and students prezentation will be uploaded to Moodle (, SSO login)..

Laboratory lessons

  • in laboratories (according Programme) 
  • preparation for the lesson according instructions + short test

Direct download of instructions and forms for laboratory reports:

LAB 1:Testing of Cement -part I. Textbook - Chapter 12
LAB 2: Testing of Aggregates. Textbook - Chapter 14 
LAB 3: Testing of Cement - part II. Textbook - Chapter 13 
LAB 4: Modulus of Elasticity. Textbook - Chapter 15 
LAB 5 + 6: Tensile strength + Thermal Conductivity. Textbook - Chapter 16


Theoretical seminars

Seminar S1: Materials for vertical bearing structures
Seminar S2: Materials for horizontal constructions, roofs and claddings.
Seminar S3: Materials for thermal insulations.
Seminar S4: Materials for waterproofing and coatings.

Presentation have to be uploaded to Moodle one week before online presentation.

Calculation problems

Calculation of typical  types of exam problems.
P1: Basic physical properties, moisture content, granulometry .
P2: Strength, modulus of elasticity, concrete mixture proposal


Assessment conditions:

  • participation at seminars 75 % (i.e. 9 lessons) - attendance will be checked
  • absence at laboratory lessons with leave only - substitution according to the teachers instruction (absence without leave - no assesment)
  • in time upload of presentation to Moodle (one week before presentation)
  • successful presentation at the relevant theoretical seminar
    • in the case of your absence or insufficient presentation the larger essay will be required
  • 5 correct test protocols uploaded to Moodle

Laboratory rules 



General information about exam.



  • Lectures:

    The lectures are provided for personal use only! No copying, distributing and reproducing of this material is permitted.

  • Somayaji, S.: Civil engineering materials. 2nd ed. - Prentice Hall, 2001
  • Soutsos M., Domone, P.: Construction Materials. Their Nature And Behaviour, Taylor &Francis Group; 2017, ISBN 9781498741101.
  • Mouton, Yves: Organic Materials in Civil Engineering, ISTE Ltd. 2006, ISBN: 978-1-905-20911-8 
  • Haimei Zhang: Building Materials in Civil Engineering. Woodhead Publishing 2011, ISBN 978-1-84569-955-0
  • Aitcin, P., C., High Performance Concrete (Modern Concrete Technology), CRC Press 1998, ISBN-13: 978-0419192701