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Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.01.2019 - 13.02.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Markku Virtanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Professor of Practice, D.Sc. (Tech) Markku J. Virtanen

Aalto University

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Tel. +358-40-576 9306

P.O. Box 14400, 00076 AALTO

Sähkömiehentie 4 

Reception upon agreement


Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After passing the course the student

  • knows the heating and cooling systems of a building and understands their operational principles
  • knows the heat conversion and distribution methods and the fundamentals of automatic control
  • can calculate a building’s heat demand
  • can calculate heat gains and cooling load caused by solar radiation
  • understands the impact of thermal mass on the dynamic behavior of buildings

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Building’s energy balance
  • Calculating the heat transfer coefficients
  • Calculating the thermal demand
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Heat distribution systems
  • Solar heat gains
  • Cooling load calculations
  • Utilization of thermal mass
  • Simulation exercise

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

-Building,s energy balance

-Calculating the heat transfer

-Calculating the thermal demand

-Heating and cooling systems

-Heat distribution systems

-Solar heat gains 

-Cooling load calculations  

-Utilization of thermal mass

-Simulation exercise

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Learning assignments 100%

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

No examination. Six learning assignments (LAs):

- Each learning assignment consists of 2-3 exercises (i.e. computational
problems) that are solved and reported appropriately.

- Maximum score per assignment: 10 p (MAX 60 p). Passed (mark 1) = 50 % of
the total score (= 30 p).

- Work reports are returned via MyCourses platform by the given deadlines.

- The correct answers (by exercise) will be shared to the course
participants via email after the course. (To receive email, the student has to
be registered in the course via WebOodi.)

- Evaluation criteria will be described in detail.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact learning 12 h

Learning assignments 60 h

Other self-learning 48 h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Contact learning 12 h

Learning assignments 60 h

Other self-learning 48 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lecture notes and literature (to be specified later)

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Lecture notes and literature (to be
specified later).

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Ene-58.3111 Space Heating

Ene-58.4122 Advanced Air-Conditioning

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

Six (6) contact learning days

Wednesdays, at 9.15 room
K326 (K1)

Contact days (CD) and
deadlines (DL) for learning assignments (LA):

CD1 9.1.  Need of
heating and cooling.Theoretical principles and tools. LA1 distribution.

CD2 16.1 Calculation of
heating and cooling requirements. LA2 distribution/LA1 DL.

CD3 23.1. Supply and
conversion systems.LA3 distribution/LA2 DL.

CD4 30.1. Distribution and
auxiliary systems.LA4 distribution/LA3 DL.

CD5 6.2.  
Fundamentals of system design.LA5 distribution/LA4 DL.

CD6 13.2. Fundamentals of
automatic control.LA6 distribution/LA5 DL.

20.2. LA6 DL.



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