MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMES573
Course Unit DetailsMSc Sustainable Energy Systems (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. This course attempts a theoretical and practical approach to the passive solar building design and techniques in traditional architecture in the Mediterranean region, understanding the principles adapted in achieving the optimization of living conditions.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

The aim of the course is to givestudents the knowledge on the techniques of passive heating, cooling and ventilating that werepracticed for hundreds of years in traditional architecture such us:

·        Proper Solar Orientationtowards South to achieve light and warmth

·        The utilization of directsolar gains during winter season.

·        Minimising solar gains induring summer period

·        Shading windows and shading techniques

·        Construction methods and theselection of proper materials

·        Thermal mass

·        Cross ventilation

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • The Bioclimatic Aspect of the Traditional Architecture of Cyprus, M. Philokyprou, A. Michael, Nicosia 2014
  • The Walled City of Nicosia, Demi, D., Nicosia, 1997
  • Buildings, Climate and Energy, T.A. Markus and E. N. Morris Pitman, 1980
  • Man, Climate and Architecture, B. Givoni, Applied Science Publishers, London, 1976
  • Man, Climate and Architecture, B. Givoni, Applied Science Publishers, London, 1976
  • Energy Planning, Introduction to Architects, Malliaris Education for the European Commission
  • Guide of Thermal Insulation of Buildings, second edition, 2010, September, Energy Service, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
  • Energy Design Guide, 2011, Thessaloniki, Building Publishing Ltd.
  • Guide of Thermal Insulation & Waterproofing, 2011, Thessaloniki, Building Publishing Ltd.
  • Andreadaki - Chronaki E., Passive Bioclimatic Architecture – Solar Energy Systems, 1985, Thessaloniki, University Studio Press
  • Thermal Comfort, P. O. Fanger, Mc Graw – Hill Book Company, New York, 1973
    Planned learning activities and teaching methods
    Assessment methods and criteria
    Final Exam60%
    Language of instructionEnglish
    Work placement(s)NO