COURSE 1.5: The building envelope: characterization, decay, solutions and colour analysis (6 ECTS) 


1.- General process

2.- Requirements

3.- Characterisation of enclosures

3.1 Simple, single-leaf with or without adhered cladding

3.2 Composites: with unbonded inner and outer layers or without a main sheet or core

3.3 Pathologies

3.4 intervention actions

4.- The characterization of energy behaviour of the existing buildings. 

5.- The keys for the energy improvement of the buildings.

6.- The building envelope of 20th-century architecture, possible orientations between conservation, deep transformation, and environmental responsibility. A focus on curtain wall systems


Coordinator: Rufino Hernández Minguillón. 1 ECTS

Ugaitz Gaztelu Onaindía. 1 ECTS

Enkarni Gómez. 1 ECTS

Lorenzo Savio. 2 ECTS

Gintaras Prikockis. 1 ECTS

See calendar (to be linked by start ARURCOHE)


1.- Patología de fachadas. Lesiones y métodos de limpieza de fachadas con revoques símil piedra, E Zanni, eLibro, 2015 Editorial Brujas, ISBN: 978-978-591-623-4  Libro (

2.- García Ruiz, Luisa María; Sáez Pérez, Mª Paz; Verdú Vázquez, Amparo. Viabilidad en patrimonio vs necesidad de intervención. Propuesta viable en el Cortijo del Fraile en Níjar (Almería) = Viability in heritage vs neccessity of intervention. Viable project in The Cortijo del Fraile in Níjar (Almería). Anales de Edificación, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 3, p. 66-75, dec. 2019. ISSN 2444-1309.

3.- Sustainable interventions in historic buildings: A developing decision making tool:

4.- Energy efficiency solutions for historic buildings. A handbook. 

Timing: Weeks 12-14 since start ARURCOHE

Evaluation and Resit rules:

All the courses/subjects and Master Dissertation have jointly evaluation rules based in the quality of the practical works proposed by the teachers. The student and teachers presence is mandatory. Related with the courses/subjects all the teachers involved in them have to send to the coordinator teacher the individual evaluation of the students 

The evaluation level (excellent, good and deficient) will be taken by the coordinator following the opinions of the teachers involved and in agreement with them. The evaluation level will be discussed with the student. If a student fail a course (deficient level), at least one resit per course/subject within the period Block will be allowed. This resit will take into account the new data and solutions reported by the student. The resit evaluation process will be similar to the initial one.

Students with a deficient level after resitting a course/subject will be remain bound to the EMJMD until ends of the respective Block where the course is allocated. In these cases, the Academic Committee will review the study performance status of the student and advises on continuation of the programme in accordance with their regulations. Students with very weak study performance (decided by the Academic Committee) may lose their scholarship or may be advised to end their study. Students who quite ARURCOHE early, but have successfully completed several courses/subjects, will get a certificate stating the courses for which they have earned credits (in ECTS). This decision will be communicated to the Erasmus+ Program office.  

Proposed practical works for evaluation and resit::