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Summer SchoolSustainable Building Design

Tuition fee €1,050 per programme

The program price consists of the course/tuition fee (student or working professional, see details below) plus the registration fee (€60).

Student course/tuition fee: €990
Working professional course/tuition fee: €1190

This course/tuition fee covers the course, course materials and a cultural program.

Registration fee €60 one-time

The registration fee is in addition to the course/tuition fee and covers the processing of your application. It is payable upon registration. Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

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According to the International Energy Agency the operation of buildings account for about 30% of global final energy consumption and of global energy-related emissions. Performance standards are increasing across countries and the use of efficient and renewable buildings technologies is accelerating. However, the industry must adapt more rapidly in order to align with the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 (NZE) Scenario. This decade is crucial for implementing the measures required to achieve the building stock being zero-carbon-ready by 2030. The aim of this course is to provide the knowledge and technical tools in order to be able to work towards these goals.

This course delves into the foundational principles of building physics, emphasizes the human perspective on indoor comfort, equips students with practical skills in utilizing simulation software to construct energy models and encourages discussions on design solutions shaped by cultural, climatic, and political contexts. Through this course, students will develop the ability to analyze buildings as physical systems and assess indoor comfort factors based on user needs. They will explore a range of design concepts related to indoor climate, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. They will master a software design tool that aids in evaluating these strategic design choices.

Learning Goals:

  • Building physics: Gaining a deeper understanding of how a building works as a climate system.
  • Indoor comfort: Gaining a deeper understanding of what a comfortable indoor environment means for humans.
  • Software proficiency: Learning to create and work with building energy models in IDA Indoor Climate and Energy simulation software.
  • International policies: Gaining knowledge about the requirements for newly built and retrofitted buildings.
  • Data collection and processing: Learning how to define the relevant building data, including architectural, usage and HVAC-system specifications.
  • Building energy simulation: Learning how to analyze and evaluate simulation results, considering energy efficiency and thermal comfort factors.
  • Design solutions: Learning how to assess a building’s energy consumption, propose retrofit solutions, and evaluate optimization strategies. Based on location, climate, usage, policies and architectural form.
  • Presentation techniques: Practice effective presentation techniques.

Programme structure

Main Course Components:

Building physics: Exploring the significance of the building envelope and HVAC systems.

  • Thermal zoning: Examining the influence of building usage on indoor comfort.
  • Climate and orientation: Highlighting the crucial role of climate and orientation in building design.
  • Building Design Policies: Understanding the regulatory requirements for building designs.
  • Energy efficiency: Learning methods to enhance a building’s performance in terms of energy efficiency.
  • Indoor environment: Exploring strategies to improve indoor comfort.
  • Parametric analysis: Conducting parametric studies to explore design variations and their impact on building performance.
  • Case study: Proposing measures to enhance energy efficiency and indoor comfort in a real-world building scenario.

Each topic will be presented through comprehensive theoretical lectures, following hands-on practical exercises in the IDA ICE simulation software. Engaging discussions will be an ongoing part of every lecture. Towards the end, every student will undertake a final assignment, involving the creation of a retrofit design aimed at enhancing energy efficiency and indoor comfort in a building.

Apply now! Summer Term 3 2024
Application deadline
15 Jul 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
12 Aug 2024
Apply now! Summer Term 3 2024
Application deadline
15 Jul 2024, 23:59:59
Central European Time
Studies commence
12 Aug 2024