Bad experiences with construction quality, the energy crises of 1973 and 1979, complaints about 'sick buildings', thermal, acoustical, visual and olfactory discomfort, the need for good air quality, the move towards more sustainability, all have accelerated the development of a field, which for a long time was hardly more than an academic exercise: building physics. The discipline embraces domains such as heat and mass transfer, building acoustics, lighting, indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency. In some countries, also fire safety is included. Through the application of physical knowledge and the combination with information coming from other disciplines, the field helps to understand the physical phenomena governing building parts, building envelope, whole building and built environment performance, although for the last the wording `urban physics? is used. Building physics has a true impact on performance based building design.
As with all engineering sciences, Building Physics is oriented towards application, which is why, after a first book on fundamentals this second volume on `Applied Building Physics? discusses the heat, air, moisture performance metrics that affect building design, construction and retrofitting.
Keywords: Constructional Physics