Course syllabus

Energianvändning och termisk komfort i byggnader
Energy Use and Thermal Comfort in Buildings

AEBF10, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Main field: Energy-efficient and Environmental Buildings.
Compulsory for: MEMB1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The course aims at introducing sustainable building design concepts for cold climates - with low or zero energy building design at the centre of the course discussions. The course provides an overview of performance parameters and targets in buildings and an in-depth study of significant climatic parameters.

The course also aims at providing an understanding and training about the strategies and measures towards low energy use and high thermal comfort in buildings. Also, the aim is to provide an understanding of possibilities and limitations of high performance buildings.


Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course will start with an overview of the goals for the master’s programme with a global perspective on environmental issues, energy needs and natural resources, directives and goals, policies, incentives and moisture design process (joint with VBFF05; Moisture Safety Design course, 1st week).

The course will continue with lectures, exercises and tutorials about strategies and measures towards low energy use and high thermal comfort in buildings. The themes covered include thermal performance targets, basics of heat transfer mechanisms, thermal comfort parameters and regulations, performance of building envelope, thermal balance of buildings, basic thermal calculations and simulations. Different low energy concepts will be discussed and exemplified through lessons learnt from case study buildings, which will yield knowledge and understanding of possibilities and limitations in high performance buildings.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The final grade is to 70% based on the written examination and to 30% on the performance related to the exercises and lectures.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0112. Name: Exercise.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Examination based on written report according to given criteria. Contents: Assignment in 2 parts: 1) Calculation of energy use for a building using simple spreadsheet program and heat balance equations. 2) Calculation of energy use and thermal comfort based on dynamic simulation programme.
Code: 0212. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Examination based on the written examination. Contents: Written examination of the whole course.


The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Maria Wall,
Teacher: Henrik Davidsson,
Teacher: Jouri Kanters,
Teacher: Niko Gentile,
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