MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMES552
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. Understanding the theoretical background of concepts for environmental and energy evaluation
  2. Having an in depth knowledge of analytical and operational tools for environmental and energy evaluation tools
  3. Knowing the main environmental and energy rating systems
  4. Having hands on experience on the application of environmental and energy evaluation tools.
  5. Understanding how the main parameters of environmental and energy evaluation (incl. design, energy efficiency, maintenance and operation of the building) affect its performance and being able to improve this in the design stage.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course ContentsThis module describes a number of analytical tools that can be used to determine the environmental and energy performance of buildings, products and organizations. This module aims to describe the value and role of environmental impact assessment tools in project planning, list the principle elements of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) process, promote the use of tools with sample project to identify and assess the adverse environmental impacts and propose mitigation measures to prevent, reduce, and compensate for the impacts, as well as to describe several tools that are used for energy environmental assessments of buildings.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Anoop Singh, Deepak Pant, Stig Irving Olsen, Life Cycle Assessment of Renewable Energy Sources, Springer
  • ISO 14001:2004 Environmental management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 13790:2008 Energy performance of buildings -- Calculation of energy use for space heating and cooling
  • ISO 13790:2008 Energy performance of buildings -- Calculation of energy use for space heating and cooling
  • ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc., Atlanta, GA., 2010
  • Building Research Establishment (BRE) Ltd, “BREEAM Offices – Pre assessment Estimator”, 2006, UK
  • LEED, “LEED-NC Green Building Rating System – New Construction and Major Renovations”, Version 2.2, Oktober 2005, USA
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), “Sustainable building and construction initiative”, 2006, USA
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assessment methods and criteria
Written exams60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO