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Start Date

9 October 2017


2 weeks


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The course forms parts of the Specialization on Energy Efficiency for Better Buildings: Unlock the energy-saving potential of your buildings.

This course introduces the concept of energy services and presents the modelling principles to estimate the energy demand requirements to design efficient buildings.

Intended Learning Outcomes

In particular, the intended learning outcomes of the course are:

●    to understand the energy service concept;

●    to identify the required energy services in buildings;

●    to model the different energy services, knowing the physical principles behind them;

●    to estimate the energy services requirements.

To do that, the course is divided 4 four modules:

  1. “Introduction to Energy Systems”, where we review the basic energy concepts, introduce the tools to describe energy systems and define the concept of Energy Services.
  2. “Energy use in buildings”, where we provide an overview of the energy consumption around the world with a special emphasis in what happens in buildings.
  3. “Heating and Cooling energy service” where we discuss in detail the energy service that represents in general the highest energy use in buildings.
  4. “Hot Water, Lighting and Electric Appliances energy services”, where we describe in detail the other energy services.

Methodology and assessment

Each week, a set of videos related to the multiple units will be released, and, for consolidating the presented concepts, there will be a quiz after each video. A Mid-term evaluation is taken after the conclusion of each module. Additional material is suggested to deepen the knowledge around each topic.

When you succeed in the 4 modules course, there will be a final evaluation to conclude your participation.

  • Quiz: 30% (total quizzes)
  • Midterm: 30% (midterm per module)
  • Final Evaluation: 40%
  • For a positive final grade a student should get more than 60%

Target audience

This course is designed for:

●   Facility or energy managers in the public and private sector, including those in hotels and hospitality, business and light commercial sectors, retail, leisure and more.

●    Professionals at energy services companies and utilities that provide energy-efficiency services to customers

●    Students in higher education (undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level)


In order to get the best from this course, you should have the following:

●    Good English (subtitles in Portuguese and Spanish are available)

●    Basic mathematical knowledge

●    An internet connection

No prior technical or specific knowledge is needed, although a basic knowledge of physics and thermodynamics is a plus.


0. Welcome
1. Introduction to Energy Systems
2. Energy Services in Buildings
3. Space Heating and Cooling
4. Hot water, Lighting and electrical devices
Final Evaluation