Course code BūvZ4004

Credit points 1.50

Modern Glass Construction

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures8

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes8

Independent study hours24

Date of course confirmation23.03.2021

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developer


Aldis Cimermanis

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

Arhi3063, Architecture I

BūvZ2037, Designing in AutoCad

BūvZ2041, Building Physics

Course abstract

Students acquires an in-depth understanding of modern glass constructions, technical capabilities, architectural requirements and development trends.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: about modern glass constructions (tests in auditorium),
Skills: oriantation in modern glass constructions (tests in auditorium),
Competence: be able to relevant glass construction systems in building bondary parts (tests in auditorium),
Tests in auditorium.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Study course and its studies. Modern glass construction photos.
2. First test: Modern glass construction types, their application in construction.
3. Type of glass fixing, advantages and disadvantages.
4. Technical properties of modern glass constructions.
5. Glass and glass construction static calculation.
6. Review of existing legislation on glass construction in Latvia and the European Union.
7. Second test: Modern glass constructions, requirements, legislation.
8. Large volume of glass facades. “Intelligent glass facades”.
9. Full glass constructions, types, application, design.
10. Point-to-point fastening, principle, application.
11. New building appoitment.
12. Glass construction and specification analysis.
13. General tendencies of glass architecture development.
14. Biggest glass construction buildings in Latvia, European, World.
15. Third test: Modern glass constructions.
16. Compilation and evaluation.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Three tests must be succesfully passed.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Get ready for tests in auditorium. 1.test: various question of first two lections where answers are in text and sketches. 2.test: various question about from lection third to lection sixth, where answer are in text and sketches. 3.test: various question about from lection seventh to lection fourteen, where answers are in text and sketches.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Tests must be succesfully passed.

Compulsory reading

1.Schittich C., Staib G. u.a. Glasbau Atlas. Basel: Birkhauser Verlag, 1998. 330 S. 2.Behling S. Structure and Technologie in Architekture. Munchen, London, New York: Prestel Verlag, 1998. 148 3. Meuser P. Vom Plan zum Bauwerk. Berlin: Verlagshaus Braun, 2002. 296 S.

Further reading


Periodicals and other sources

1. Žurnāls “Objekts” ISSN 1407-8295 2. Žurnāls “Latvijas Architektūra”: arhitektūras, dizaina un vides apskats. Rīga : Lilita, 1995- . ISSN 1407-4923 3. Žurnāls “Būvēt”: arhitektūras, dizaina un vides apskats. Rīga: Lilita, 1995- . ISSN 1407-4923


Elective course Professional higher education bachelor study programme "Civil Engineering"; in the First level professional higher education study programme Civil Engineering; Second Level Professional Higher Education Study Programme "Civil Engineering"