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Career Profiles - Dictionary for Architects and Engineers


Building physicist


What is a building physicist?

The building physicist ensures that optimal climatic conditions prevail in a building. The physicist examines the structural fundamentals with regard to the permeability of heat, sound, moisture and air and takes appropriate protective measures.


What tasks does a building physicist perform?

The building physicist uses his specialist knowledge to support the design and renovation of buildings. He knows the different requirements that are demanded of construction depending on the climatic region. From this knowledge he derives project-specific measures and solutions. These can be technical systems, for example, but they can also concern fundamental questions such as the orientation of a building, sun protection or the geometry of a building. In the same way - starting from different conditions depending on the project location and in accordance with valid regulations - the building physicist also optimises vibration protection, room acoustics and moisture protection.


Who commissions a building physicist?

Building physicists are commissioned by engineering and architectural firms, among others, but also by private clients.