Building science is the collection of scientific knowledge and experience that focuses on the analysis and control of the physical phenomena affecting buildings and their architecture. It traditionally includes areas such as building materials, building envelope, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, natural and electric lighting, acoustic, indoor air quality, passive strategies, fire protection, and renewable energies in buildings. In Europe, building physics and applied physics are terms used for the knowledge domain that overlaps with building science. The practical purpose of building science is to provide predictive capability to optimize the building performance of new and existing buildings, understand or prevent building failures, and guide the design of new techniques and technologies.
I wrote a monthly report on building science for *Gekkan Kenchiku Shiage Gijyutsu” (Finishing Architecture Technology Monthly) magazine from April of 2007 to June 2009 This building science series is introduced in this section.