Course syllabus

Offentlig byggnad - integrering av solenergi-, kostnads- och miljöaspekter
Public Building - Integrating Solar Energy, Costs and Environmental Issues

AEBN20, 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: MEMB2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


In this course, the students will explore innovative solar energy systems and concepts (active and passive) and test, through computer simulations and calculations, the integration of these systems in a case study project (a public building). The course will also allow analysing the potential of solar energy constraints as a guide in development of configurations, technical solutions and details. Furthermore, the students will study the production of on-site energy and carry out life-cycle and costs analyses of the chosen technology in the studied case. They will also learn to use rules of thumb and tools (computer, hand calculations) for solar design, life-cycle cost and environmental load predictions (acquired in theoretical courses). Finally, they will deepen their understanding and knowledge, and test their capacity to integrate previously acquired concepts regarding building physics, energy use, thermal comfort, moisture safety, ventilation and lighting, using an integrated design process.



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


This advanced PBL (project-based learning) course will focus on the development of a large public building (e.g. library, school, etc.) with a focus on the integration of passive and active solar strategies, systems and components and the life-cycle perspective through cost analyses and investigation of environmental impact. Concepts related to the integration of solar components, the estimation and utilization of solar radiation, the production of electricity and heat using solar components, etc. are at the heart of this course. This course will thus be strongly and rigorously supported by the theoretical courses “Building integrated solar energy systems” and “Life-cycle perspective and environmental impact”. The theoretical courses will provide the scientific and technical bases as well as tools (computer, hand calculations) for validating the proposed solutions, using an integrated building approach. This course will also allow deepening and testing the integration of previously acquired knowledge about energy use, thermal comfort, moisture safety, ventilation and lighting/daylighting. 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: Dennis Johansson,
Course coordinator: Henrik Davidsson,
Teacher: Ricardo Bernardo,
Teacher: Jouri Kanters,
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