Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After passing the course the student

  • knows the key energy consumers in the building s energy balance
  • knows the basic terminology and definitions related to (nearly) net-zero energy buildings, plus energy buildings and hybrid smart grids
  • understands the principles of on-site energy generation, grid interaction and energy matching
  • knows the key sustainable building envelope components, advanced energy storage and HVAC systems
  • knows the key technologies and systems for the utilization of renewable energy
  • understands the relationship between the temperature of the heat source, exergy and the Carnot efficiency in the context of building energy systems (the concept of energy quality)

Credits: 5

Schedule: 16.04.2019 - 28.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Kari Alanne

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kari Alanne

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Components of building s energy balance
    • Net-zero energy buildings: terminology and definitions
    • Grid interaction and energy matching
    • Sustainable building envelope components
    • Sustainable HVAC technologies (free cooling, high-temperature cooling, low-temperature heating, etc.)
    • Advanced energy storage systems
    • Technologies for renewable energy (solar PVT, wind, biomass, GSHP, mCHP etc.)
    • Energy quality

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Learning assignments 100%

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact learning 12 h

    Learning assignments 60 h

    Other self-learning 48 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes and literature

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    EEN-E4002 Heating and cooling systems

    EEN-E4003 Ventilation and air-conditioning systems

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action