Course syllabus

Energieffektiv kontorsbyggnad - integrering av dagsljus och ventilation
Energy-efficient Office Building - Integrating Daylight and Ventilation

AEBN15, 15 credits, A (Second 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


This course aims to explore innovative daylight utilization and ventilation concepts and concretely apply and test the integration of these principles in case study projects. The course will also allow to explore the potential of daylighting and ventilation constraints as a guide in explorations and development of configurations, technical solutions and detailing. The students will study the potential reduction of energy demand and CO2 emissions in a case study project and learn to use rules of thumb and tools (computer, hand calculations) for daylighting and ventilation predictions (acquired in theoretical courses). Finally, they will learn to obtain extended knowledge of energy balance in a holistic approach including indoor climate; air quality, daylight and lighting, thermal comfort, HVAC systems together with sustainability, building technology, building physics and building services especially for offices.


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



While the residential sector partially witnessed a reduction in energy intensity in the past decades, the energy intensity of office buildings is constantly on the rise in most industrialized countries due to an increased use of electricity powered equipment (e.g. computer) and also international architectural trends promoting the use of large glass facades. In Sweden, office buildings have experienced a continuous reduction in heating demand following the development of stricter building codes. However, this increased efficiency of the thermal envelope has been accompanied by higher electricity demand for technical services and office equipment. Low-energy building design is not just the result of applying one or more isolated technologies. Rather, it is an integrated whole-building process that requires concerted action on the part of the project team throughout the entire project devel¬opment process. The whole-building approach is easily worth the time and effort, as it can save 30% or more in energy costs over time compared to a conventional building design.
This course is a hands-on, practical course focused on office building design, where principles and strategies of daylight utilization and different ventilation concepts will be explored in depth in addition to already mastered principles of thermal design (heat conservation, moisture and solar protection). The project will be focused on designing a new office building. This practical course will be strongly and rigorously supported by the two theoretical courses “AEBF15 Daylighting and lighting of buildings” and “ABKF10 Ventilation and indoor air quality”. The theoretical courses will provide the scientific and technical bases as well as tools (computer, hand calculations) for validating the design propositions developed in the practical course.
However, some lectures on e.g. tools and methods or other topics may be inserted within the practical course when judged necessary under the process.
The students will in groups design an office building considering the energy-efficiency, sustainability, indoor climate and air quality. The content will include qualitative and quantitative methods to achieve a long term satisfactory result. An extensive report shall be delivered at the end of the course. The results will be presented orally and critically reviewed by other students.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Active participation and attendance at lectures, tutorials, group meetings, presentations etc is compulsory. The final grade is to 70% based on the written report, to 20% based on the oral presentation and to 10% on the opposition to other's work.

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.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Marie-Claude Dubois,
Course coordinator: Saqib Javed,
Course homepage: http://