The main subject of interest is an analysis of individual construction subsystems (load-bearing structures, the construction completion), primarily in the 20th century and in the present, though with an emphasis on the roots of these techniques in a historical context. The courses show modern developments in the field of designing civil engineering structures and buildings with regard to the construction principles, structural physics, organisation construction and also on the energy efficiency of buildings. This is based on the long-term practical experience of the pedagogical team in the design and construction of buildings and the processing of research tasks in various areas.
Practical exercises, during which the students encounter the discussed constructions in individually assigned tasks, build on the lectures. On the master’s level, the exercises are usually replaced with the processing of seminar work on an assigned theme.
The workers of the institute are engaged in some professional organisations (Czech School Inspection, Czech Chamber of Authorised Engineers and Technicians active in Construction, Association of Energy Specialists, etc.) and they are involved in the resolution of project tasks or expert activities in practice. To this end, the activities of Associate Professor Kutnar and Ing. Novotný in the area of waterproofing are significant, as are those of Professor Pavlík and Ing. Marek concerning BIM (a methodology of organising project work) and Associate Professor Daňkovský in the area of the design and testing of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB).