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: 25.10.2022 - 08.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Andrea Ferrantelli, Hadi Bordbar

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

Responsible teacher: Dr. Andrea Ferrantelli, Room 227

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.

  • applies in this implementation

    No field trips during the Autumn semester 2022.

    The contact lectures will combine slides and blackboard calculations. The students are advised to bring along some material for taking notes.

    Assessment Methods and Criteria: 30% lectures (weekly assignments), 25% groupwork, 35% IDA ICE project, 10% learning diary blog +5% extra for attendance to all teaching events.

  • 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







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 Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course will take place on Sisu (