Resilient Building Design using Performance Simulation



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Who is this for?

Are you enrolled in an undergrad or postgrad course from of one of the participant universities? Missing international collaborations? Feeling like international exchange programmes are a distant memory?

If you are interested in:

       Energy monitoring,

       Indoor environmental quality, and

       Building simulation and calibration.

the DESRes programme is what you are looking for!



How does it work?

You enrol and attend the course remotely, interacting with students from several countries and learning from experts in their respective fields. Upon completion, credits for the course are granted similarly to a traditional Erasmus program course.

Check below courses available and get in contact by email for details on the enrolment process.



Energy Monitoring and Effects on Indoor Climate


In this module, students are introduced to measurement concepts and technical solutions for energy monitoring and the assessment of indoor environment quality (IEQ). In addition, they learn to record thermal and energetic properties of the building envelope, the technical building equipment as well as data on user behaviour and climate data. Data management techniques, essential to understanding the performance of buildings (including how to manage, store, retrieve and evaluate the resulting data) form an important part of the course

The lectures and practical workshops use large open-source measurement datasets to teach the handling of data and procedures for dealing with missing and erroneous information, and statistical evaluations. Students also learn how the indoor climate effect in buildings can be assessed using thermal comfort assessment methods, as well as how to evaluate and present complex data

The course provides the requisite skills for further advanced studies in a wide range of energy monitoring and modelling topics at post-graduate level.

Following the module, students will have a deeper understanding of technical solutions, to record and assess the thermal and energetic properties of buildings (including the thermal envelope, building loads, services and data on occupant behaviour and thermal comfort). In addition, students will learn important data processing skills (including how to manage, store, analyse, interpret and present a wide variety of data).

2 hours of engagement per week

Course start in March (3 ECTS)

Prof CJ Hopfe -



Technoledge Climate


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This course focuses on indoor comfort and the associated physiological concepts. You will learn the cutting edge theory on indoor comfort through lectures from experts in this field. You will then apply these theories in practice, through measurements of the indoor comfort aspects of a real building: visual quality, indoor air quality, acoustical quality and thermal quality. The measurements and the data analysis performed with them will allow you to identify strengths and weaknesses of the existing building design. Following such analysis, you will be able to propose alternative design solutions that improve indoor comfort level. With the use of building performance simulation software, you will then compare the effectiveness of such solutions against the current building performance. The course combines theoretical and practical aspects of building indoor comfort, to help you gain the experience that is necessary for a career as a building physics or indoor climate consultant.



The student will be able to:

       explain the current theories on indoor air quality, visual quality, thermal quality and acoustical quality

       analyse relevant scientific literature on indoor comfort and write a consistent and coherent scientific report on this topic

       assess the indoor comfort of an existing building and suggest improvements or execute a research project on indoor comfort.


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4 hours/week contact, sessions on Monday mornings 8:45 - 12:30

Course runs from early February to mid-April (5 ECTS)

Dr E Brembilla -



Energy Modelling and Monitoring

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This module aims to impart an understanding of the theoretical and operational principles underlying building energy simulation considering supply and demand systems and their environmental impact. The emphasis is on practical computer lab-based modelling exercises.

The module will teach the following:

       Heat and mass transfer processes occurring within energy supply and demand systems.

       Simulation principles: problem representation, treatment of time and space, numerical methods, validation, use in practice.

       Simulation practice: problem description, modelling methodology, results interpretation, case studies

       Built environment: energy demand, passive and active energy systems, options for intervention, performance assessment methods.

       Renewable energy system modelling, focusing on supply-demand matching.

       Information systems: energy management, monitoring and targeting, classification techniques, trend analysis, smart metering.

On completion of the module the student is expected to be able to:

       Generate and adapt computer models, undertake simulations and analyse predicted performance for a range of passive and active energy technologies.

       Write technical reports that demonstrate an understanding of the main factors that influence energy and environmental performance, and the capabilities of the modelling programs used in the module to predict performance.

5 hours of engagement per week, sessions on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 15:00
Course start in September (5 ECTS)
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