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.


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Use a related software for buliding energy modeling (IDA-ICE)
  • Describe imperatives for an energy efficient buildings
  • Choose phases and principal techniques of the design process concerning energy efficient buildings
  • Analyze, simulate and evaluate the resource consumption and overall energy efficiency of buildings with main focus on  the role of different aspects of building physics.
  • Demonstrate the role, techniques, integration and control of building services systems in creating and maintaining energy efficient buildings

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.11.2021 - 16.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Hadi Bordbar

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course deals with the tools, methodologies, and processes required for designing, building and operating sustainable buildings, as well as for evaluating their energy efficiency and environmental performance in various stages of their operation and life. The course is intended to cover the followings subjects: the design process, generic design strategies for low-carbon buildings, energy efficient HVAC-systems, low energy approaches for thermal control of buildings, energy efficient electrical systems, controls and metering, electric power load assessment, energy modelling, indoor conditions and energy.

    Lectures will be given by the teacher in charge and some experts from a number of related disciplines.

    Field trips include visits to a number of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings.

    A comprehensive training of a software for building energy modeling (IDA-ICE) is an important part of the course. It forms 50% of the contact sessions.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, excursions, weekly exercises, group projects.

    30% of the final mark is reserved for the weekly assignments of the lectures.

    35% of the final mark is reserved for the software project.

    35% of the final mark is reserved for the excursion reports and the related activities.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total estimated workload is 135 h as explained below


    Time allocation, h

    Total h

    Contact teaching (11)

    22 (11×2h)


    Excursion (s)



    Reading Assignments, Pre-assignment, Weekly Assignment




    Excursion (s) Report



    Computer Project







Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture slides and selected parts of several related textbooks including but not limited to the followings:

    • Lecture notes
    • Software tutorials
    • Web-based information
    • Materials related to excursion buildings

    Reference book:

    Heating and Cooling of Buildings : Principles and Practice of Energy Efficient Design, Third Edition, by T. Agami Reddy, Jan F. Kreider, Peter S. Curtiss, and Ari Rabl

    Available as a ebook:

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration to course using WebOodi.