MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMES551
Course Unit DetailsMSc Sustainable Energy Systems (Electives Courses) - MSc Energy Systems and the Built Environment (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Perform detail calculations related to heating cooling load estimates and proceed to detail design.
  2. Exhibit knowledge and understanding on humidifying and dehumidifying calculations, heating / cooling equipment and overall design.
  3. Proceed to detail design of air flow in ducts.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

         HVAC Systems

-       The Complete System

-       The Air-Conditioning and Distribution System

-       Mechanical Equipment: Air-handling Equipment, Heating Equipment, Boilers, Refrigeration Equipment, Compressors – reciprocating, scroll, rotary, centrifugal, Pumps and Piping, Controls and Instrumentation

-       All-Air Systems Single-air System, Reheat System, Variable-volume System, Dual-duct System, Multi-zone System

-       Air-and-Water Systems (Fan-Coil Conditioner System)

-       All-Water Systems

-       Heat Pump Systems Ground-coupled Closed Loop Systems

-       Heat Recovery Systems


-       Fundamental Humidity Parameters, Dry bulb temperature, Humidity ratio, Relative humidity, Dew point temperature, thermodynamic properties.

         Indoor Air Quality

-       Contamination control (health concerns), Filtering (Particulate Removal), Thermal comfort.

         Heat Transfer in Buildings

-       Conduction, Convection, Radiation

         Heating Load

-       Transmission losses

-       Infiltration losses

-       Other miscellaneous losses

-       Outdoor – Indoor design conditions

         Cooling Load (Transient Analysis)

-       Cooling Design Conditions

-       Transfer Function Method (TFM)

-       CLTD Method

         Energy Calculations

-       Energy Analysis of Buildings. Degree-Day Method, Bin Method

         Air Diffusion

-       General air jet characteristics

-       Air distribution system design

-       Noise

         Duct Design

-       Duct design procedure

-       Blower and Fans

-       Fan Selection

-       Effective duct length

         Heating Equipment

-       Boilers

-       Electrical Resistance Heating

-       Heat Pumps

         Cooling Equipment

-       Vapour Compression Cycle

-       Absorption Cycle

-       Air Handling units, chillers, heat pumps


-       Open Loop Control

-       Automatic Feedback control

-       Proportional control

-       Proportional Integral Control (PI)

-       Proportional Integral Derivative Control (PID)

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Heating and Cooling of Buildings by Jan F. Kreider et al., Second Edition
  • Air Conditioning Principles and Systems: An Energy Approach, 4th Edition By Edward G. Pita June 2001
  • ASHRAE HVAC Applications 2003
  • ASHRAE HVAC systems and equipment
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO